UNDATED (CNN) -- He is Oscar's real-life music man. Composer John Williams is nominated, yet again, this year for his work with long-time collaborator Steven Spielberg on "Lincoln." The nomination breaks a record Williams set at last year's Oscars.
Superman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter; you don't even have to see them, you know their music.
Composed by John Williams, the most Oscar nominated man alive, this year for Lincoln. Williams says, "Forty-eight nominations is a hard thing to get a mind around, because I think things like how can anyone be that old?"
Oscar is a very old friend to 81-year-old Williams. They've had a courtship since the pre-CGI days of 70's. Williams says, "What made it a good tool for me in the film was that the two notes could be played, note, note, or note, note, note, very soft, or very loud, in your face." Such as two notes in Jaws and five notes in Close Encounters. Williams says, "Those five notes," his way to communicate interplanetary communication with a movie audience.
It's in outer space where Williams soared. Star Wars is the best-selling film score of all time and still celebrated in his live performances. He says, "It's a wonderful sight to turn around and see them waving these light sabers. You couldn't plan it. I'm going to write something that 30 years from now, people will be celebrating in some fashion. Impossible."
The five-time Oscar winner credits hard work and the fortune of a good friend, a 40 year partnership with Steven Spielberg that persevered even when Williams felt he couldn't match the director's work in Schindler's List. He asked Spielberg to find someone else. Williams says, "I said to him, Steven, this is a great film. And you really need a better composer than I am to score this film. And he sweetly said, yes I know. But they're all dead."
How does he keep the energy, the creative juices going? Williams says, "It's better not to keep your eye on the finish line too much, it's better to keep your eye right on what's in front of you in the moment."
A life philosophy that keeps him enhancing those cinematic moments that soar into movie history.