Oscar Artists: Morricone, Ennio, Composer, Honorary Oscar

Composer-conductor Ennio Morricone will receive an honorary award at the 79th Academy Awards. Morricone, who has composed more than 300 film scores throughout his 45-year career, has earned five nominations for original score, most recently for “Malena” in 2000.

A longtime collaborator with director Sergio Leone, his work in such Italian films as “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” helped define the spaghetti Western genre. He also composed the scores for “Once Upon a Time in America” and “Cinema Paradiso,” and he is currently working on “Leningrad,” scheduled for release in 2008.

Morricone’s honorary Oscar will be presented on Feb. 25, 2007.