Leonardo DiCaprio took the headlines at this year’s Oscars after claiming his first award for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s torture porn picture The Revenant.
While DiCaprio may feel an overwhelming sense of relief when he claimed the gong at the 88th Academy Awards, but it is legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone whose name should be in lights.
Winning for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, he stated; “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.”
With over 500 movie credits to his name, Morricone had previously been nominated five times for the Academy Award; for his scores to Days of Heaven (1978), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991), and Malèna (2000).
In 2007, the 87-year-old composer received an honorary Oscar for his lifetime contribution.