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OSCARS 2016 Italy

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Ennio Morricone and David Lang, two musical nominees at the Oscars for Italy


- After winning a Golden Globe, the great Italian composer has been nominated for the score of The Hateful Eight. Also in the running is the track Simple Song #3 from Paolo Sorrentino's Youth

Ennio Morricone and David Lang, two musical nominees at the Oscars for Italy
Ennio Morricone

After winning the Golden Globe for Best Soundtrack three days ago, Italian composer Ennio Morricone has just been nominated for an Academy Award for the music in western The Hateful Eight directed by Quentin Tarantino. Morricone won an honorary academy award for career achievements back in 2007, which was handed to him by Clint Eastwood at the Kodak Theater.

After being pursued by the American director for years, Morricone wrote this score specifically for The Hateful Eight. In the past, Tarantino has inserted excerpts of Morricone’s work into the soundtracks of his films, using a track written by Morricone in 1966 for western Da uomo a uomo by Giulio Petroni in his film Kill Bill Vol. 1,and no fewer than eight tracks written by the composer for various films in Inglourious Basterds.

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This year Morricone celebrates 60 years in the business, with a tour that will kick off tomorrow on 15 January in Prague, stopping off in a number of European cities including Budapest, Bratislava, Dublin, London, Cologne and Amsterdam. 

Another Italian musical nominee is to be found in the five nominees for Best Original Song, one of which is Simple Song #3, composed by David Lang for Youth [+see also:
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by Paolo Sorrentino. In the film, the song is one of the tracks written by the composer played by Michael Caine for his deceased wife, which he refuses to perform for the queen of England. Singing the song, at the end of the film, is South Korean soprano Sumi Jo, playing herself, accompanied by violinist Viktoria Mullova of the London BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Terry Davis.

(Translated from Italian)

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