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'The Hateful Eight' Wins Best Original Score at the 2016 Oscars

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Ennio Morricone accepts the award for Best Original Score for 'The Hateful Eight' from Quincy Jones and Pharrell Williams at the 88th Oscars on Feb. 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

87 year-old spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone will be taking home his first Oscar on Sunday, after six career nominations, for his original score from Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

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The Italian legend was seen out in Hollywood earlier this weekend when he received his star on the Walk of Fame. He had not attended the Golden Globes ceremony in January, where he also won for Best Original Score, and Tarantino accepted on his behalf, likening the genius of Morricone to "Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert."

But on Sunday Morricone was on-hand to accept his statue personally, before a standing ovation from inside the Dolby Theatre, as he was helped to the stage and appeared overcome with emotion, soaking in every moment of his win many decades in the making. Speaking in Italian with the aid of a translator, the composer thanked Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein for choosing him and dedicated the award to his wife before ending with an emphatic "grazie."

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