Ennio Morricone wins best original score at the Golden Globes

11 January 2016, 10:29 | Updated: 11 January 2016, 10:52

Ennio Morricone's music for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has been named Best Original Score at the Golden Globes, beating competition by Carter Burwell and Alexandre Desplat among others

Ennio Morricone has won his third Golden Globe for his soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. He previously won in 1987 for his music for The Mission and in 2000 for The Legend of 1900.

Speaking to Classic FM just before the release of the film, Morricone said: “I tried to write a soundtrack that is unique to Tarantino, that is unique to his style as a filmmaker and that can suit properly the characters and the story of the film.

He didn’t give me any suggestions, any indications, any clues so I was completely free to write and develop my own ideas just based on my reading of the screenplay.”

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The Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, based on a memoir by professional oboist Blair Tindall, was named Best Musical or Comedy TV series. Gael García Bernal, one of the stars of the show, was named Best Actor in a TV musical or comedy series.

The four film scores nominated for best original score at the Golden Globes were Carter Burwell’s music for Carol, Alexandre Desplat’s score for The Danish Girl, Daniel Pemberton’s soundtrack for Steve Jobs and, finally, the music for The Revenant which was written by Ryuichi Sakamoto with Bryce Dessner (of rock band The National) and Alva Noto.

Ennio Morricone's music for The Hateful Eight marks a return to the Western genre after 34 years (his last Western score was for Buddy Goes West in 1981). He famously wrote the music for many of the so-called 'Spaghetti Westerns' including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The award for Best Mini-series went to Wolf Hall, the score of which was written by Classic FM's Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman. Sam Smith's 'Writing on the Wall' from Spectre was named Best Original Song.

Leonardo DiCaprio took the award for Best Actor for his lead role in The Revenant, which also took the awards for Best Film and whose director Alejandro González Iñárritu was named Best Director.

Brie Larson was named Best Actress for Room, while Kate Winslet was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steve Jobs. The Martian was named Best Musical or Comedy.