Thursday, February 18, 2016

Morricone to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Reporter
By Ariston Andersen

Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein will be among those helping to honor the Academy Award winning composer.

Academy Award winning composer Ennio Morricone will be honored with the 2,574th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday February 26 at 11:30 a.m. at 7065 Hollywood Blvd. Guest speakers at the ceremony will include director Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Weinstein and Los Angeles Italia Film Fashion and Art Fest founder Pascal Vicedomini (The festival, held Feb. 21-Feb. 27, will also honor Morricone).

Morricone will get honored in the category of live performance/theatre.

Morricone, who doesn’t often travel from Europe, is expected to stay for the Oscars ceremony, where he is nominated in the best score category for The Hateful Eight. Morricone has already won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award for the score for the film.

The 87-year old composer is one of the most prolific composers of our time, selling over 70 million records over his 70-year career. He has composed 500 scores for cinema and television, as well as over a hundred classical works.

Morricone has worked with such directors as Sergio Leone, Gillo Pontecorvo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lina Wertmuller, Giuseppe Tornatore, Brian De Palma, Roman Polanski, Warren Beatty, Oliver Stone, and Pedro Almodovar. Some of his best known scores apart from Leone’s Dollars Trilogy include The Battle of Algiers, Sacco and Vanzetti, Cinema Paradiso; The Legend of 1900, Malena, The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in America, and The Mission.

The soundtrack from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009. Over his career, Morricone has been nominated for seven Oscars, received one honorary Oscar, won three Golden Globes, eight Nastri D’Argentos, one Grammy, five BAFTAs and seven David Di Donatello awards.

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