Italian composer Ennio Morricone won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’. ” I dedicate this award and this score to my wife Maria,” Morricone said while accepting the Oscar onstage before an audience who gave him a long standing ovation. “There isn’t a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it,” the composer continued. “I want to thank Quentin Tarantino for having chosen me, Harvey Weinstein and the entire team who made this extraordinary film.” In 2007 maestro Morricone won an Honorary Academy Award for his lifetime achievements, but never gave up his hope for winning a competitive Oscar for one of his extraordinary original scores. Morricone, 86, has now fulfilled his dream and given Italy a profound sense of pride.