Ennio Morricone has won his first ever Academy Award for Best Original Score, for his music for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. It was his sixth nomination, and in 2007 he won an Honorary Academy Award.
The Best Original Song Award went to Sam Smith, for Writing’s On the Wall, from the latest James Bond film, Spectre. Smith dedicated his award to the LGBT community.
Earlier in the evening, Smith, The Weeknd, Dave Grohl and Lady Gaga performed. Gaga’s emotional “Till It Happens to You” performance from the film The Hunting Ground ended with victims of sexual abuse standing in solidarity in silence on stage.
ANOHNI, who was nominated for his song “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction, didn’t perform, nor did Sumi Jo, performer of “Simple Song #3″ from Youth. Read ANOHNI’s open letter about not performing at or attending the Academy Awards.