Ennio Morricone Wins Original Score Oscar For 'The Hateful Eight'

It’s the first legit win for the 87-year-old composer who was lauded in 2006 at the 79th Academy Awards with a career Oscar. The Hateful Eight marked Ennio Morricone’s sixth Oscar nom, his first in 16 years since 2000’s Malena. Prior to that, Morricone was nominated for Bugsy (1991), The Untouchables (1987), The Mission (1986) and Days of Heaven (1978).

“Thank you, the Academy, for this prestigious acknowledgement,” the composer said onstage in Italian. “My tribute goes to the other nominees, and in particular to the esteemed John Williams. There isn’t a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it. I want to thank Quentin Tarantino for having chosen me, Harvey Weinstein and the entire team who made this extraordinary film. I dedicate this award to my wife Maria, who is there watching me. Thank you.”

The Hateful Eight is Morricone’s first Western score in 40 years in a career that spans 500 films over six decades. He’s been the hands down front runner all season after collecting awards for Hateful Eight‘s score at The Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Quentin Tarantino has used Morricone’s themes in his films since Kill Bill. He flew to Rome to convince Morricone to do the score for Hateful Eight. Morricone agreed at first to just providing a theme, but then came around to writing the entire score.

    1. And what added to the power of the moment Jake was the SPONTANEOUS Standing Ovation. {For his 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award ~ sometimes derogatorily called ‘an honorary Oscar’ ~ the Standing Ovation was OBLIGATORY …and I can still recall the sour face on Steven Spielberg.} A bit surprised! But very pleased…

  1. Finally! This man has been my favorite film composer since I first saw A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS in 1966. He should’ve won YEARS ago (what about THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY)

    1. Not even nominated, Mike. Given that John Williams has 50 Oscar nominations, by my reckoning Ennio Morricone should have 150. Many of Ennio’s projects were for films that didn’t get shown in the U.S. or Britain ~ one was for Japanese television! ~ but the QUALITY and inventiveness of His music …is never in doubt.

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