You can imagine we were shocked, as we witnessed the Academy Awards 2016 and learned, that Ennio Morricone, grandmaster of film music, was never honored with an Oscar in his entire life. Luckily, he finally got what he deserved for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s new movie „The Hateful Eight“.

Morricone, who composed the score for over 500 different motion pictures, first got international recognition for his iconic work on many different italo-western, including „The Good, the Bad and the Ugly“ and „For a Fistful of Dollars“. His work inspired countless movies and movie composers and is now rooted deeply in today’s pop culture.

In this sense, the Oscar was a triumph for director Quentin Tarantino as well, who was able to convince Morricone after years of not working for Hollywood to come back to the dream factory once again.

Morricone, who hold his thank you speech not in English but in Italian, liked to thank John Williams, Tarantino and „Hateful Eight“ producer Harvey Weinstein, and – being the old fashioned Italian he is – his wife Maria.

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