Oscar: Williams, John–Composer

With two Original Music nominations this year, for “Munich” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” John Williams now holds the record as the most Oscar-nominated composer in film history, boasting 45 music nominations and breaking the tie with the late Hollywood composer, Alfred Newman.

Williams now stands in second place among all-time Oscar Award nominees, behind Walt Disney’s 59 nominations. “I honestly have not done all that counting,” Williams said in reaction to his two nominations. “It always feels new and a wonderful honor to receive these things. It’s always a fresh feeling.

In his category, Williams faces competition from three first-time nominees: Gustavo Santaolalla for “Brokeback Mountain,” Dario Marianelli for “Pride ad Prejudice,” and Alberto Iglesias for “The Constant Gardener.” All three pictures were made by Focus Features.