Italy Cheers Ennio Morricone’s Oscar Win for ‘The Hateful Eight’ Score

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ROME – Italy on Monday cheered Ennio Morricone’s Oscar victory for composing the original score for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” which marks the first competitive Oscar won by the 87-year old maestro with more than 500 movie credits to this name.

“After an almost 60-year-long career, and five nominations which had left him empty-handed, Ennio Morricone finally brings an Oscar for best score home,” trumpeted daily La Republica on its website.


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“Superb Maestro, finally!” tweeted Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi at dawn, Italian time. Also on Twitter Italo Culture Czar Dario Franceschini enthused that “an all-time movie giant has triumphed.”

Morricone, who received an honorary Oscar in 2007, had been nominated five previous times, for “Days of Heaven,” “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Bugsy” and “Malena.”

Earlier this year he won a Golden Globe and a Bafta nod for the “Hateful Eight” score. He had previously won Golden Globes for “The Mission,” in 1987, and Giuseppe Tornatore’s “The Legend of 1900” in 2000.


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But international accolades for Morricone came after what is now considered his most groundbreaking work, on scores for Sergio Leone’s so-called “Dollars Trilogy” – “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” And also on Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West.” They revolutionized the way Westerns, and movies at large, are scored.

The soundtrack for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009.

Morricone’s “Hateful Eight” work marks his first original score for a Tarantino pic, and his first for a western in decades.

Their collaboration on “Hateful Eight,” first announced by Variety in June 2015, took place rapidly with Morricone working from Tarantino’s screenplay, rather than scoring specific scenes, similarly to his technique on “Once Upon a Time in the West.”


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  1. TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

    This guy should have have at least 5 like John Williams. But he wasn’t white enough for Hollywood snobs who have limited his to career achievement and this old man bow token.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      Williams is a blow hard. When you consider the great Bernard Herrmann wasn’t nominated until AFTER his death, almost as if out collective guilt of the Academy, I feel better about the Morricone omission. He is in excellent company.

  2. SalULloyd says:

    WTF Donald Dump has a Hollywood star and the maestro of maestros doesn’t get one until last Friday??? WTF!

  3. CC says:

    I LOVE Morricone. He is one of my favorite composers. But him winning was a travesty. First of all, his score was made up of all of about 28 minutes of music total. Second, it is some of his most uninspired and forgettable music. Though I love him, this should not have won.

    • Seo says:

      Looks like SOMEONE didn’t even bother to do research. His score is at least 37 minutes long (without counting the short or alternate versions of a specific theme) and at most 50 minutes long (if included), based on the soundtrack. Personally, don’t think it’s forgettable at all.

    • Otter says:

      Yeah, and DiCaprio should’ve won for a performance where lines outnumbered screams. And Lord of the Rings should’ve won for Towers and not Return. And John Wayne obviously got his trophy for True Grit because Hollywood liked him and was afraid he’d retire without any awards to his name. Half of the Oscars are based more on past triumphs than on present success.

      Everyone knows Morricone deserved an Oscar years ago, and this may be his last nomination. Sure, if we want to be rigorously fair, the best of the year should win. But I can’t really muster up much outrage over this one. Morricone’s a legend, and I think we all kind of know the award is more for his career as a whole than for this particular score.

      • Marie says:

        “Half of the Oscars are based more on past triumphs than on present success.”

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