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Oscars 2016: Ennio Morricone wins Best Original Score for The Hateful Eight

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Famed Italian composer Ennio Morricone just won the Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. It's his first competitive Oscar after six nominations, though he did win an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 for his achievements in the field.

"There isn't a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it," Morricone said while accepting his statue onstage.Morricone managed to beat industry titan John Williams, who scored Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for the award. The other contenders were Carter Burwell for Carol, Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies, and Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario.