Italian composer, famous for his Spaghetti Western scores, honoured for his work on The Best Offer.

Ennio Morricone is one of the first six winners announced by the European Film Academy who will be honoured at this year’s 26th European Film Awards.

The 84-year-old Italian composer, best known for his scores to Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, has been recognised by EFA for his work on Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer.

The jury praised Morricone for “proving once again his extraordinary capacity of always renewing his style while remaining faithful to the style of the director and the film – a universal composer, indeed, and a true master.”

A seven-member jury convened in Berlin and, based on the EFA Selection list, decided on the winners in the categories cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, composer and sound design.

This new addition to the awards procedures follows a decision of the EFA Board to draw more attention to the awards recipients in these categories.

The winners:

European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo di Palma

Asaf Sudry, Lemale et Ha’Halal (Fill the Void)

European Editor

Cristiano Travaglioli, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

European Production Designer

Sarah Greenwood, Anna Karenina (UK)

European Costume Designer

Paco Delgado, Blancanieves (Spain-France)

European Composer

Ennio Morricone, The Best Offer (Italy)

European Sound Designer

Matz Müller & Erik Mischijew, Paradies: Glaube (Paradise: Faith)

The members of the jury were:

  • Tuomas Kantelinen, composer, Finland
  • Francesco Ranieri Martinotti, director/producer, Italy     
  • Karel Och, festival programmer, Czech Republic               
  • Simón de Santiago Aréizaga, producer, Spain
  • Hervé Schneid, editor, France  
  • Marek Septimus Wieser, cinematographer, Sweden     
  • Jasmila Zbanic, director, Bosnia & Herzegovina 

The nominations in the categories European Film, Comedy, Director, Screenwriter, Actress and Actor will be announced on Nov 9 at the Seville European Film Festival.

The members of the European Film Academy, more than 2,900 European film professionals, will then vote for the winners and all awards recipients will receive their EFA Statuette during the 26th European Film Awards Ceremony. It will take place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin on Dec 7.