Ahead of Oscars, composer Morricone honored with Walk of Fame star

Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:11pm EST
 
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By Roselle Chen

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Italian film composer Ennio Morricone, nominated for an Oscar this year for his work on "The Hateful Eight," was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Friday, honoring his diverse career spanning decades.

Morricone, 87, has composed the scores for more than 450 films, from 1960s Spaghetti Westerns including "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" to Quentin Tarantino's frontier drama "The Hateful Eight."

"The international composers that had written in film, they have never had the pleasure that I have had today," Morricone said in Italian at Friday's ceremony.

The veteran composer is the frontrunner to win his first ever Oscar in the best original score race on Sunday, after five nominations in previous years.

"I never would have said it would be me, I never thought I would get it, when I would get it, if I would get it," Morricone said about his Oscar nomination.

Tarantino and Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein were on hand to pay tribute to Morricone on Friday, with the director saying he had been a long-time fan of the composer.

"I had a huge record collection I'd been collecting since I was a kid and I realized I had more Ennio Morricone records than I have of anybody else," Tarantino said.

"This is one of the richest careers in our industry, who has brought so much joy," Weinstein added.   Continued...

 
Italian composer Ennio Morricone (C) poses on his star with director Quentin Tarantino (L) and producer Harvey Weinstein after it was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California February 26, 2016.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni