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Morricone to get honorary Oscar

Morricone to get honorary Oscar

On the same day as the Golden Globes announced their annual head-scratching-but-Oscar-inducing nominations, it was revealed that legendary composer Ennio Morricone will receive an honorary Oscar at February’s ceremony. This makes me very happy. The Italian composer is indeed a legend, and an innovator. He was one of the first “old school” composers to inflect a sense of pop arrangement and bombast into his work for films such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in America, The Mission, or The Untouchables. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t been forced to take the occasional work-for-hire gig (Red Sonja?), but he’s managed to hold a grip on the world of film scores forever. If you’re not all that familiar with Morricone, a good primer is this album, Morricone RMX, which I picked up in 2001. It features classic Morricone scores, remixed by artists such as Thievery Corporation and Apollo 440.

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