January 11, 2016

Ennio Morricone Wins Golden Globe for The Hateful Eight

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone

Bravissimo to Maestro Ennio Morricone for his Best Original Score win at the 2016 Golden Globes for The Hateful Eight! His score was picked by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association from an incredible group of nominees, including ASCAP-licensed composers Carter Burwell (Carol), Daniel Pemberton (PRS - Steve Jobs) and Alva Noto (GEMA) & Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant). Morricone is a member of our Italian sister society SIAE, and licenses through ASCAP in the US.

The Hateful Eight director Quentin Tarantino accepted the statuette on behalf of Morricone, calling him "my favorite composer ‑‑ and when I say 'favorite composer,' I don’t mean movie composer...I’m talking about Mozart. I’m talking about Beethoven. I’m talking about Schubert." 

Morricone's iconic music to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and other Sergio Leone films helped popularize the "spaghetti western" genre in the 1960s. The Hateful Eight was Morricone's first western score in 35 years. 

This was the third career Golden Globe win for the revered Italian film legend, and first since 1999's The Legend of 1900.

Huge congratulations are also due to Rachel Bloom, an ASCAP songwriter who won a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. In her acceptance speech, Bloom gave a shout-out to her longtime musical comrade Jack Dolgen - a writer-producer and graduate of the ASCAP Foundation Lester Sill Workshop.

See ASCAP's full list of Golden Globe nominees here