Morricone, who had original score nominations for "Days of Heaven," "The Mission," "The Untouchables," "Bugsy" and "Malena," will receive an honorary Oscar at the Feb. 25 awards.
In announcing the award Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cited the Italian composer's "magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music."
Morricone, 78, has composed more than 300 movie scores over a 45-year career. He composed for many of director Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns, most notably the coyote-howl theme from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
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