As I hoped when I posted my sabato musicale at the weekend, 87-year-old Italian composer Ennio Morricone at last won an Oscar for a film score on Sunday night. The maestro had been awarded an honorary Oscar for his career in 2007 but, despite being nominated five times over the years, had not won an Academy Award for Best Score.
All that has now been put to rights with the award for the score of Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and the director, like the whole of Italy, is delighted. How could Italy and the world not love a man who, in his acceptance speech, dedicated both the score and the award to his wife?
Here is an excerpt from another of my favourite Morricone scores: