Ennio Morricone is one of the first six winners announced by the European Film Academy who will be honoured at this year’s 26th European Film Awards.
The 84-year-old Italian composer, best known for his scores to Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, has been recognised by Efa for his work on Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer.
The jury praised Morricone for “proving once again his extraordinary capacity of always renewing his style while remaining faithful to the style of the director and the film – a universal composer, indeed, and a true master.”
A seven-member jury convened in Berlin and, based on the Efa Selection list, decided on the winners in the categories cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, composer and sound design.
This new addition to the awards procedures follows a decision