The 87 years old musician composed Western Music for the Tarantino film ‘The Hateful Eight’.
The 2016 Oscars are scheduled to take place on the coming Sunday. One of the most important categories of the 88th Academy Awards is the Original Score.
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Update: Ennio Morricone won the Oscar 2016 for Original Score. Our prediction was correct!
If fan and critic response is to be considered then the Award for ‘Best original Score’ will be nabbed by Ennio Morricone. Morricone composed the score of the Quintin Tarantino film ‘The Hateful Eight’.
The 87-year-old composer Morricone has many monikers such as Maestro, Dan Savio, Leo Nichols etc. Morricone used to be a trumpet player when he started out and has since then charmed the world with his work.
Morricone has composed Classical, Jazz, Rock, Lounge, Pop, Funk, and Film Music. For ‘The Hateful Eight’, Morricone composed Western Music with an added edge.
The score for ‘The Hateful Eight’ is also the first time Tarantino used an original score for his movies. ‘The Hateful Eight’ is a 70 mm film with cinematography by Robert Richardson.
Teamed with the score by Morricone, it takes the film back to the original Western Classic eras. The score of ‘The Hateful Eight’ has already brought Morricone a Golden Globe win.
So it seems understandable if an Oscar is the next milestone. This is also Morricone’s 6th Academy nomination. Morricone had previously been awarded an honorary Oscar for his contribution towards cinema in the year 2006.
According to Morricone while composing for ‘the Hateful Eight’ he was given complete trust. Tarantino gave Morricone complete control to compose. Morricone stated how other directors wanted him to recreate a symphony.
But Tarantino gave Morricone the chance to do something that belonged only to him. Morricone stated the music for ‘The Hateful Eight’ is coming from himself.
We couldn’t agree more since the score resonates with a blend of edginess and classicism. It all fits very nicely into the overall Western theme.
The total list of films nominated for the ‘Best Original Score’ is very versatile. It includes ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘Sicario’ and ‘Carol’.
The score for ‘Bridge of Spies’ has been composed by Thomas Newman, while John Williams for composed for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Johann Johannsson is responsible for the score of ‘Sicario’. While first time nominee Carter Burwell composed for ‘Carol’.
From an outside wider perspective the Original Score category is probably the most versatile list of 2016 Oscar nominees. The list has music from a wildly popular franchise and it has music suitable to express the emotion of a particular era. However it still remains to be seen who shall take the golden trophy home.
Another strong contender right behind Morricone is Jóhann Jóhannsson for ‘Sicario’. This is Jóhannsson’s second consecutive Oscar nomination. The Icelandic composer is known for minimalistic music and for ‘Sicario’ he has gone in a completely new direction.
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The Score for ‘Sicario’ is heavy on percussion and lends more gravity while sticking to the Reykjavik grandiose. So there it is the fight for the ‘Best original Score is a tough one. Although Morricone seems like a sure win, but you never know if 2016 proves to be Jóhannsson's year.