Oldest Hollywood Icons Martin Scorsese and John Williams Defy Ageism with Record-Breaking Oscar Nominations

Los Angeles, CA – The 96th Academy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday, revealing breaking records for both director Martin Scorsese and composer John Williams, defying the ageism often complained about in Hollywood. Scorsese, at 81 years old, became the oldest nominee for Best Director with his film “Killers of the Flower Moon.” This broke the previous record held by John Huston, who was nominated at the age of 79 for “Prizzi’s Honor” in 1985. It was Scorsese’s tenth nomination in the category, only two shy of the current record-holder, William Wyler, who received 12 nominations before his death in 1981.

Scorsese expressed his gratitude for the recognition from the Academy, stating, “It’s deeply gratifying to receive this recognition… for myself and for so many of my collaborators on ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.'” He also mentioned the experience of working with the Osage community and shedding light on a hidden American tragedy. Scorsese added, “I only wish that Robbie Robertson had lived to see his work recognized.”

Robertson, of The Band fame, collaborated with Scorsese as a composer on several films, including “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Unfortunately, Robertson passed away at the age of 80 in August.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” received 10 total nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Original Score. In the last category, Scorsese’s project faces off against another record holder – legendary composer John Williams.

Williams’ work on “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” earned him his 49th Oscar nomination for original score. With a total of 54 career Oscar nominations when including original song, Williams has the most nominations of any living person. The late Walt Disney holds the overall record with 59 total Oscar nominations.

At the age of 91, Williams also became the oldest nominee in a competitive award category, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

These records set by Scorsese and Williams highlight their enduring talent and the importance of recognizing artists of all ages in the film industry.