Ennio Morricone dies, aged 91
Oscar-winning film composer Ennio Morricone, best known for his iconic scores on films such as Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West and Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, has died at the age of 91.
Morricone passed away on Sunday night at a clinic in Rome, where he was reportedly being treated after breaking his femur several days earlier. His death was confirmed on Monday morning by his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma.
Morricone was one of the film industry's most prolific and highly-regarded composers, scoring more than 500 films across every genre, although he will perhaps be most fondly remembered for his work on the films of Italian director Sergio Leone. Often referred to as 'spaghetti westerns' – a term Morricone disliked – Leone employed Morricone on a string of his films during the 1970s and 80s, including Once Upon a Time in the West, A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, among many others.
Over the course of an extraordinary career, Morricone was nominated at the Academy Awards five times between 1979 and 2001 for his work on films such as The Untouchables and Days of Heaven, eventually being handed and honorary Oscar for his lifetime's work in 2007 and, finally, winning his first Oscar for 'Best Original Score' in recognition of his work on Quentin Tarantino's 2015 movie The Hateful Eight.
In addition, Morricone was the winner of no fewer than six BAFTAs for his work on films including Once Upon a Time in America and Cinema Paradiso, as well as three Golden Globes, the first of which he won in 1987 for his score on Roland Joffé's The Mission.
Morricone leaves behind an incredible body of work and a legacy as one of the film industry's most important, prolific and beloved figures, and one whose presence and skill will be sorely missed.