After five nominations and the Special Award in 2007, Ennio Morricone has received the coveted statuette for the soundtrack of the film "The Hateful Eight" by Quentin Tarantino , during the 88th edition of the Academy Awards, on the stage of the Dolby Theater Los Angeles. He had just been honoured with a star on the Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame”.
In February 2002, the University of Tor Vergata conferred to Ennio Morricone the Honoris Causa Degree in “Performing Arts” in the Auditorium of the School of Humanities and Philosophies which was later on baptized with his name. During his lectio doctoralis he presented and conducted “If This Be A Man” a composition written by Primo Levi, for vocal recital, soprano, violin and strings performed by the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta. A double laudation for the Maestro were expressed by Agostino Ziino, Music History, and Giovanni Spagnoletti, History and Critics of the Cinema.
«Our warmest congratulations on behalf of the academic community go to the great Maestro» said the Rector Prof. Giuseppe Novelli upon news of the winning of the Oscar.
«The School of Humanities and Philosophy is thrilled about this prestigious recognition and is looking forward to celebrating the composer, the Oscar and his sixty-year career, together with the academic community, through a special event» announced the head of the department of History, Humanities and Society Franco Salvatori.
«His great creativity has found the universal recognition it deserves through its union with Tarantino’s work» - stressed Maestro Gino Lanzillotta, founder of the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, which has collaborated for many years with the composer and the University of Tor Vergata for the staging of the concert season of the University.