One veteran musician finally took home an Oscar at Sunday’s Academy Awards, while a well-decorated newcomer added another trophy to his crowded mantle.
Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer credited with more or less inventing the sound of the spaghetti western, won original score for his music for Quentin Tarantino‘s “The Hateful Eight.” The nomination was Morricone’s sixth in a career that’s stretched over more than half a century and previously earned him an honorary Oscar in 2007. Yet this was the 87-year-old composer’s first official win.
In his acceptance speech, Morricone, through a translator, thanked the other nominated composers as a group but specifically saluted “Star Wars”‘ John Williams, a perennial academy favorite — and a musician who, at 84, has been working nearly as long as Morricone.
For original song, Sam Smith, the 23-year-old British singer who scooped up multiple Grammy Awards in 2015, won for “Writing’s on the Wall,” his theme song from the latest James Bond movie, “Spectre.”
Accepting the prize with the song’s co-writer, Jimmy Napes, Smith said he’d read a news article that led him to believe he might be the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. (The assertion was instantly mocked — and refuted — online). Then he dedicated the prize to “the LGBT community” and said, “I hope we can all stand together as equals one day.”
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