Ennio Morricone

There are moments in “The Hateful Eight” that are completely defined by Ennio Morricone’s score. The opening sequence on the crucified Jesus statue as the horse and carriage travel in the distance is marked by that score and sets the tone for the entire film. There are moments when the score bolsters scenes that are not necessarily even that thrilling, but become so by the score itself, like when O.B. and the Sheriff hammer the guide lines into the ground through the blustering storm. There’s a melancholy nature to the score that is not only fitting of the film, but of the director Quentin Tarantino in general. Morricone takes chances with the themes, bringing in an organ that is not often heard in the scores of a film. But he brings them in to such an eloquent degree that it feels right and makes you wonder why more films don’t take those chances.

What’s its competition? Morricone won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score, so perhaps that is why he is placed above all the others on most pundits list. His score is amazing and the Academy may look for at least one way to honor “The Hateful Eight” as it likely won’t be taking home Best Supporting Actress or Best Cinematography. In my personal opinion, John Williams’ score for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is stronger than this and I will likely regret not choosing it if it does in fact win, but the support for Morricone’s score is so strong that I was swayed to put my vote on that one. Also, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score for “Sicario” is also strong, but likely too outside the box to grab it a win.

Previous nominations? This is the sixth Academy Award nomination for Ennio Morricone. He was previously nominated for:

  • MALÈNA (2000)
    Nominee, Music (Original Score)
  • BUGSY (1991)
    Nominee, Music (Original Score)
    Nominee, Music (Original Score)
  • THE MISSION (1986)
    Nominee, Music (Original Score)
  • DAYS OF HEAVEN (1978)
    Nominee, Music (Original Score)

Morricone also received an Honorary Award in 2006 “in recognition of his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.”

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// Produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Shannon McIntosh, and Stacey Sher // Directed by Quentin Tarantino //
// Dated Viewed: Monday, February 22nd, 2016 // STREAM //  7 films – 7 days //

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