J.J. Abrams. Steven Spielberg. George Lucas.
No, we're not just randomly listing renowned directors -- this regal trio stepped out to honor legendary composer John Williams, who received the AFI Life Achievement Award on Thursday night. The televised event will air on TNT June 15 at 10:00 p.m.
Abrams and Williams, of course, collaborated on the most recent installment of the Star Wars franchise – Episode VII, The Force Awakens. And while it felt slightly mad to ask Abrams to choose his favorite piece from the film's soundtrack, he definitely had some standouts.
"The two cues I love the most are 'Rey's Theme,' and he did a theme for the Resistance that was just…an incredible thing," said Abrams, who got to take a piece of the Resistance home.
"He actually gave me [the Resistance] score, bound, in this leather-bound book," revealed Abrams.
The emotion Williams is able to insert in the films he scores is unmatched -- many of us have cried while listening to his music. We asked Abrams to reveal the first piece that required tissues.
"There are so many. I mean, I guess the first one that made me cry was the Force theme, when Luke is looking over the Binary Sunset," he shared, referring to the Stars Wars flick that started it all, 1977's A New Hope, directed by Lucas.
"Star Wars!" Spielberg said confidently.
Well… Spielberg is a Star Wars fan. He even had a part in discovering our new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich. Spielberg tells us why he thought the young actor had a future in comedy in the video below: