After clocking over 500 movie credits, legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone finally landed Oscar gold at this year's Academy Awards.
Winning for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, he stated; "There isn't a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it. This is why I thank Quentin Tarantino for choosing me, as well as the producer Harvey Weinstein and the whole crew."
He also thanked fellow nominees: Carter Burwell for Carol, Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario, Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies, and John Williams for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
This follows both a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for the same score, which partially utilises unused work from one of his most famous scores, for John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi The Thing.
Morricone had previously been nominated five times for the Academy Award; for his scores to Days of Heaven (1978), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991), and Malèna (2000). However, the 87-year-old composer had received an honorary Oscar for his lifetime contribution in 2007.
Oscars 2016 winners
Oscars 2016 winners
1/24 Leonardo DiCaprio
Oscar for Best Actor: "The Revenant"
2/24 Brie Larson
Oscar for Best Actress: "Room"
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3/24 Mark Rylance
Oscar for Best Supporting Actor: "Bridge of Spies"
4/24 Alicia Vikander
Oscar for Best Supporting Actress: "The Danish Girl"
5/24 Alejandro González Iñárritu
Oscar for Best Director: "The Revenant"
6/24 Emmanuel Lubezki
Oscar for Best Cinematography: "The Renevant"
7/24 Mark Mangini (L) and David White
Oscar for Best Sound Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
8/24 Margaret Sixel
Oscar for Best Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
9/24 Lesley Vanderwalt (R), Elka Wardega (C) and Damian Martin
Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
10/24 Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson
Oscar for Best Production Design: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
11/24 Jenny Beavan
Oscar for Best Costume Design: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
12/24 Tom McCarthy (L) and Josh Singer
Oscar for Best Original Screenplay: "Spotlight"
13/24 Adam McKay (L) and Charles Randolph
Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay: "The Big Short"
14/24 (L-R) Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar
Oscar for Best Picture: "Spotlight"
15/24 Jimmy Napes (L) and Sam Smith
Oscar for Best Original Song: 'Writing's On The Wall' - "Spectre"
16/24 Ennio Morricone
Oscar for Best Original Score: "The Hateful Eight"
17/24 Laszlo Nemes
Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film: "Son of Saul"
18/24 Shawn Christopher Ogilvy (L) and Benjamin Cleary
Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film: "Stutterer"
19/24 James Gay-Rees (L) and Asif Kapadia
Oscar for Best Documentary Feature: "Amy"
20/24 Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject: "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness"
21/24 Pete Docter (R) and Jonas Rivera
Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film: "Inside Out"
22/24 Director Gabriel Osorio Vargas (L) and producer Pato Escala Pierart
Oscar for Best Animated Short Film: "Bear Story"
23/24 Andrew Whitehurst (R), Paul Norris (2nd L), Mark Ardington (L) and Sara Bennett
Oscar for Best Visual Effects: "Ex Machina"
24/24 Chris Jenkins (R), Gregg Rudolf (C) and Ben Oslo
Oscar for Sound Mixing: "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Though several decades too late, perhaps, it's fitting at least to see Morricone win for the genre he's most been associated with; having scored Sergio Leone's iconic western trilogy: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
It's a win which will surely bring Tarantino great pleasure as well, with an original Morricone score fulfilling a real ambition within the director's own filmography. Morricone had previously declined scoring Inglorious Basterds (2009), though later agreeing to provide a single, new piece for Django Unchained (2012).