So, this is the year the Academy decides to right old wrongs. Four for Scorsese, and now an Honorary Academy Award for the Man himself? Well, pfah! If Raging Bull losing to, er.. Ordinary People signalled the end of any credibility the Academy may have had in movie terms, then Morricone’s wonderful score for The Mission being passed over in favour of Round Midnight (Round Midnight, ferchrissake!) in ’86 was a similar death knell regarding their judgement in the world of soundtracks. I like Eastwood’s dry comment – “.. The Academy, in all its wisdom..”. Numbskulls, the lot of ’em..
Anyway, congratulations Maestro Morricone. Finally.
(Thanks to Bonho for pointing me at this clip)