February 29, 2016

Ennio Morricone Wins Oscar for Best Original Score for The Hateful Eight

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone accepts his Oscar from Quincy Jones. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Master ASCAP film composer Ennio Morricone (SIAE) won his first-ever competitive Oscar for Best Original Score for Quentin Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight at the 88th Annual Academy Awards on February 28.

After nearly 60 years of scoring music for film, and five Academy Award nominations, Morricone won for his epic music to longtime fan and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s 3-hour western, The Hateful Eight, starring Samuel Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern and other acclaimed actors. It was Morricone’s first time working with Tarantino.

Morricone’s groundbreaking scores are some of the most famous in film history, including his scores for Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy”: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few More Dollars, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and also for Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West.

ASCAP presented the Italian composer with its Golden Soundtrack Award in 1994.

Morricone later received an honorary Oscar in 2007, after having been nominated five previous times for Days of Heaven, The Mission, The Untouchables, Bugsy and Malena.

Morricone’s new Oscar joins his recent Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for his Hateful Eight score.

ASCAP composers and songwriters dominated the nominations for 2015 films. Click here for the full list.