Ennio Morricone has won a BAFTA Award for his brooding score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

The veteran composer fought off competition from Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario), Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto (The Revenant), Thomas Newman (Bridge of Spies) and John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

The award is his sixth from BAFTA, after previously being recognised for his music for Days of Heaven, Once Upon a Time in America, The Mission, The Untouchables and Cinema Paradiso.

The score, which has has also been nominated for an Oscar, was originally composed for John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic The Thing. The soundtrack was recently given a double-LP edition on Jack White’s label Third Man Records.

The Hateful Eight marks the first time Tarantino has trusted a composer to score one of his movies. “I had a little voice in my head saying, ‘This material deserved an original score.’ And I’ve never thought that way before, I’ve never had that voice before. I didn’t ever want to trust a composer with the soul of my movie,” he explained last year.

Read this next: How to compose an award-winning Hollywood soundtrack



Share Tweet