Well its finally happened...Ennio Morricone is to receive an Oscar! At the 79th Academy Awards presentation on 25 February, The Maestro will be awarded an honorary Oscar, “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.” Of course, he should've won the gong long before now for at least one of his five previous nominations — for Days of Heaven (1978), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991) and Malèna (2000). It was a miscarriage of justice that The Mission didn't get the award it so richly deserved, we all know it. The score for that film will live long in the memory of anyone who has heard it. I was fortunate to see Morricone in concert for the 3rd time at the back end of last year, scroll down this page to read my review.