Famed film composer Ennio Morricone received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday. Morricone is up for the Academy Award for Best Original Score at this Sunday's Oscars for "The Hateful Eight," but he's been creating memorable movie music since the 1950s.
Watch Morricone's full Walk of Fame ceremony, with Quentin Tarantino, Morricone himself and others speaking, here:
Morricone, speaking through a translator, said that it was a challenge working with Tarantino for the first time, noting that he admired the director. He described the challenges of being a composer, trying to create something that the audience likes, that the director likes, but that he the composer likes first.
"I was very very nervous when we went to Prague to record, to make sure that [Tarantino] would be happy with it," Morricone said.
Watch Morricone conduct the score in this video:
Morricone said that he wanted to make sure he composed a score different than any he'd done in the past, adding that he disagreed with the movie being described as a Western, saying that he felt it had elements of adventure and history.
Tarantino talked about how excited he was to have had the chance to become friends with Morricone. He also shared a discovery he made after meeting with Morricone and his wife to talk about the movie in their apartment in Italy.
"When I got home to America, I went through my record collection, and started kind of pulling out all the Morricone records that I had — all the vinyl," Tarantino said. "I realized that I have more Ennio Morricone records than I have of anybody else. More than Bob Dylan, more than the Beatles, more than Elvis Presley, more than any other rock musician, I have soundtrack albums with the big name Ennio Morricone over them."
He also noted how rare it was for Morricone to be in Los Angeles. Tarantino had previously used Morricone's music in his movies, but this was the first time Morricone actually composed the work originally for Tarantino.
Harvey Weinstein of the Weinstein Company, which produced "The Hateful Eight," praised Tarantino's encyclopedic music knowledge.
"Probably one of the happiest days of my life is when Quentin said, 'I'm going to finally do it: I'm going to have Ennio Morricone compose the score for 'the Hateful Eight.'"
Weinstein said he'd first heard Morricone's music when he was a kid, praising his rich, diverse career while noting that, despite multiple nominations, Morricone had never won.
Listen to Morricone's theme for classic Western "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly":
"On Sunday, Quentin and I are going back to Italy with him, because he's going to win. And if he doesn't, the diversity issue has nothing on what Quentin and I are going to do to the Academy," Weinstein quipped.
Morricone already won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA awards for his "Hateful Eight" score.
Hollywood City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell also spoke at the ceremony, reading congratulations in both Italian and English. Friday was also dubbed Ennio Morricone Day.
Listen to more Morricone classics below:
And, of course, a "Simpsons" parody: