Iconic Italian film composer Ennio Morricone snags Oscar nom for Tarantino’s THE HATEFUL EIGHT.
When it comes to the art of scoring cinema, the name Ennio Morricone is iconic. With his over 50 years in the business, the Italian maestro is a Titan and one of the most influential musicians in film history.
And for fans of horror and cult films, he’s an institution, having redefined the way we listen to movies in such works as his Sergio Leone-directed DOLLARS trilogy of spaghetti westerns (and the myriad imitations those films spawned), the first three films of Dario Argento (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, THE CAT ‘O NINE TAILS and FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET) and, of course John Carpenter’s THE THING. These are but a smattering of horror, thriller, giallo and science fiction movies he made music for however…
Writer/director Quentin Tarantino has long been in love with Morricone, naturally, and has often licensed existing Morricone film tracks to use effectively and reverently in some of his most important films.
But with Tarantino’s latest film, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, he actually employed the aging composer to sculpt an almost entirely original score.
And it paid off for all involved.
Morricone’s score for THE HATEFUL EIGHT recently won a Golden Globe for Best Original Score and today, we learned that the Maestro’s majestic work is now nominated at the 2016 Academy Awards for Best Original Score.
This marks the 6th Academy Award nomination for both Ennio Morricone and Quentin Tarantino. Morricone however, has yet to win an Academy Award for one of his original scores, with his only Oscar coming in 2006 when he received the Academy Honorary Award for his “contribution to the art of film music.”
As ardent admirers of Morricone – and Tarantino – SHOCK wants to wish them the best of luck and, to Morricone, a salute for continuing to make music that matters for movies that mean it.