Composed Morricone hopeful for sixth time lucky Oscar

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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

LONDON (Reuters) - Ennio Morricone is hoping it will be sixth time lucky at this year's Oscars, where he has been nominated for the musical score for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight".

"I hope that this time there will be (Oscar victory)," 87-year-old Morricone told Reuters in an interview.

Morricone's previous Oscar bids include his work for "Bugsy" and "The Untouchables", but it is perhaps his loss for his critically-acclaimed "The Mission" score -- when Herbie Hancock scooped the honor for "Round Midnight" -- that is the sorest.

"I am not certain it will happen so I am going there tranquil, serene, hopeful that it goes well," said Morricone, who received an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 for "his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music".

His "The Hateful Eight" work has already won a Golden Globe and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award which he received in London on Tuesday after being unable to make the official ceremony due to his tour commitments.

"This is something amazing, unexpected because in my type of work, you don't think of the positive or negative consequences," Morricone said.

"In general there aren't negative ones. But sometimes there can also be negative consequences, that is the film doesn't succeed or people don't like the music. But this time, everything went well, thank goodness. I am happy, amazed."

Before the Feb. 28 Oscars, Morricone will be honored with a star on the Walk of Fame, with Tarantino among the guest speakers at the ceremony on the famed Hollywood boulevard.   Continued...

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, talks during an interview with Reuters before performing on stage at the O2 Arena in London, Britain February 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez