The brightest star of the Bixio Music catalogue and one of the biggest contemporary film score composers, the legendary Ennio Morricone, won his first competitive golden statue at the last night’s 79th Academy Awards.
At the age of 87 he received the most prestigious award in the world of film music for the best original score in Quentin Tarantino’s hit film “The Hateful Eight”, having thus beaten the tough competition consisting of John Williams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Carter Burwell (“Carol”), Thomas Newman (“The Bridge of Spies”) and Jóhann Jóhannsson (“Sicario”).
Maestro Morricone, who was previously nominated in the same category five times – for Bugsy (1991), The Untouchables (1987), The Mission (1986), Days of Heaven (1978) and Malena (2000), was already awarded in 2007 with Academy Honorary Award for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music”.
Although Morricone gained international fame by composing the music numerous westerns such as “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” and “Once Upon A Time In The West”, “The Hateful Eight” is the first western score that Morricone composed in 40 years. Quentin Tarantino, who is his big fan and has used his themes in films since Kill Bill, personally flew to Rome to convince the Italian Maestro to provide a theme for his latest film, which resulted in having him write the entire film score.
In his rich opus of over 500 film scores Morricone wrote few dozen of them for the Bixio Music catalogue, including the titles such as “Metti Una Sera A Cena”, “Il Gatto”, “Giu’ La Testa” and many more.