[Morricone spoke in Italian, which was translated by an on-stage interpreter.]
Thank you, the Academy, for this prestigious acknowledgement. My tribute goes to the other nominees, and in particular to the esteemed John Williams. There isn’t a great soundtrack without a great movie that inspires it. I want to thank Quentin Tarantino for having chosen me, Harvey Weinstein and the entire team who made this extraordinary film. I dedicate this award to my wife Maria, who is there watching me. Thank you.