Morricone will receive an honorary Oscar from the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the 79th annual Academy Awards on Feb 25th.
He's won two Golden Globes and a Grammy, and has been nominated for the Oscar five times for best original score - "Days of Heaven" (1978), "The Mission" (1986), "The Untouchables" (1987), "Bugsy" (1991) and "Malena" (2000) - but he's never taken home the big gold paperweight.
AMPAS President Sid Ganis explained why the board of governors decided that he was long overdue:
"The board was responding not just to the remarkable number of scores that Mr. Morricone has produced but to the fact that so many of them are beloved and popular masterpieces."And since the guy is 78 years old, I guess they figured it would make the Academy look better if they gave him one while he's still alive.