Legendary film composer to receive honorary Oscar

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LOS ANGELES — Ennio Morricone, the prolific film composer who created music for more than 300 films, such as the memorable coyote-howl theme from ‘‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,’’ is finally getting an Oscar. Morricone, who has been nominated for five Academy Awards but never won, will receive an honorary Oscar at the Feb. 25 awards.

‘‘I certainly did not expect anything of the sort, by now with great tranquillity and peace of mind I had given up on this,’’ he told Italy’s Sky TG24 TV. ‘‘This is a great, very important recognition, which I deem of great value.’’

Morricone had original score nominations for ‘‘Days of Heaven,’’ ‘‘The Mission,’’ ‘‘The Untouchables,’’ ‘‘Bugsy’’ and ‘‘Malena.’’

In announcing the award Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cited the Italian composer’s ‘‘magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.’’

Morricone, 78, composed for many of director Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns as well as a range of other genres, including ‘‘Cinema Paradiso,’’ ‘‘La Cage Aux Folles’’ and ‘‘Bulworth.’’


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