The world celebrated for Hollywood superstar, Leonardo DiCaprio as he received his first Oscar at the 2016 academy awards after what seemed like a lifetime of worthy performances.
However, Leo wasn’t the only one to receive his award this year quite late into his career. I’m talking, of course, about musical composer, Ennio Morricone. The Italian composer received the award for the best original score in the film ‘The Hateful Eight’ after attributing to over 500 movie credits including Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained and Kill Bill.
The 87 year-old was humbled by the award, claiming, “There isn’t a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it. This is why I thank Quentin Tarantino for choosing me, as well as the producer Harvey Weinstein and the whole crew”.
He then went on to thank his fellow nominees. Morricone had previously been nominated for five academy awards, for scores in films such as Days of Heaven (1978), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991), and Malèna (2000) as well as receiving an honorary Oscar for his lifetime contribution in 2007. In his 60 year career, Morricone has made some groundbreaking contributions to cinema and film, and we can only hope that this will continue.