Ennio Morricone wins best original score Oscar, Pakistani film clinches documentary short prize

Italian composer Ennio Morricone picked up a best original score Oscar for his work on Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.
Italian composer Ennio Morricone picked up a best original score Oscar for his work on Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters/AFP) - Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone picked up a best original score Oscar on Sunday for his work on Quentin Tarantino's bloody mystery tale The Hateful Eight.

He beat rivals John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Thomas Newman (Bridge Of Spies), Carter Burwell (Carol) and Johann Johannsson (Sicario) to the coveted honour.

It was a first competitive win for the 87-year-old, although he was awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2006.

"My tribute goes to the other nominees, and in particular to the esteemed John Williams," he said. "There isn't a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it. I want to thank Quentin Tarantino for having chosen me to make this extraordinary (score)."

Meanwhile, a documentary about a Pakistani girl shot in the face by her own family won an Oscar, after helping to persuade the government to fight so-called "honour killings".

A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness won for Best Documentary Short. It was the second win for director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who recently met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif amid the growing global spotlight on the film.

"This is what happens when determined women get together," she said as she accepted the golden statuette. Chinoy in her speech praised "all the brave men out there, like my father and my husband, who push women to go to school and work and who want a more just society for women".

The film follows 19-year-old Saba, a survivor of an attempted honour killing who was beaten, shot and thrown into a river after she ran off to marry a man. At the last moment, she tilted her head, meaning the bullet grazed her cheek instead of shattering her skull.

In a rarity for such attacks, she not only survived but went to police. But under a controversial part of Islamic law in force in Pakistan, men who kill female relatives escape punishment if they are "pardoned" by relatives through blood money.

After meeting Chinoy recently in Islamabad, Sharif in a statement vowed to "rid Pakistan of this evil by bringing in appropriate legislation".

"That is the power of film," Chinoy said at the Oscars.

Chinoy in 2012 won Pakistan's first Oscar for Saving Face, a 40-minute documentary on the horrors endured by women who suffer acid attacks.

Repeat telecasts of the 88th Annual Academy Awards will air on HBO (StarHub TV Channel 601) on March 2 (9pm), March 4 (10.30pm) and March 6 (4pm).