The Hateful Eight Wins the 2016 Oscar for Best Original Score

02/28/2016 AT 11:40 PM EST

Ennio Morricone's powerful musical accompaniment to The Hateful Eight took home the Academy Award for Best Original Score on Sunday night.

Pharrell Williams and Quincy Jones presented the award to the legendary composer and six-time Oscar nominee, who received a standing ovation from the crowd at the ceremony.



Speaking in his native Italian, Morricone thanked the Academy, his "esteemed" fellow nominee John Williams (who scored Star Wars: The Force Awakens), director Quentin Tarantino, producer Harvey Weinstein, the team behind The Hateful Eight and his late wife Maria.



Check out PEOPLE's full Academy Awards 2016 coverage and complete winners list!

For all things Oscars, click here to head over to PEOPLE's Snapchat Discover, where we're breaking down the best dresses of the nights, most meme-orable moments and everything in between.

In addition to Williams' work, Morricone's Hateful Eight score beat out Thomas Newman's musical accompaniment to Bridge of Spies, Carter Burwell's contributions to Carol and Jóhann Jóhannsson's work on Sicario.

The 88th annual Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, are being presented live on ABC from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
blog comments powered by Disqus

From Our Partners