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  • Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (Photo Credit: ABC)
    Let’s face it: the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony won’t be remembered as an Italian-American night, yet we owe a few rare highlights in an otherwise soporific TV gala to some Italian American artists. Thank you Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Nick Vallelonga (through the surprise victory of “Green Book”). Also, a shout out to Bob Persichetti and Italian Sara Pichelli for their “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which won Best Animated Feature.
  • A scene of Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rosi
    Fuocoammare or Fire at Sea, by Gianfranco Rosi, has been officially announced as a nominee for the upcoming Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film in February 2017. This documentary is a close look into the harsh reality of the European Refugee Crisis on the Italian island of Lampedusa.
  • The 88th Academy Awards will be remembered in Italy as the year that Maestro Morricone won the coveted statuette for Best Original Score for Quentin Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight. The Maestro received a heartfelt standing ovation after his name was pronounced by Quincy Jones and Pharrell. He was led to the stage by his son Giovanni and, in Italian, he thanked the other nominees, singling out the great John Williams, and explained that “there is no great music without a great film that inspires it. I thank Quentin Tarantino for choosing me and the great team that made this extraordinary film.”
  • This past week, Italy chose "Non Essere Cattivo" to be their Academy Award candidate to be submitted for the title of Best Foreign Language Film award this upcoming award season. Nine movies in total were up for this particular status in Italy, but ultimately it was decided that this 1990’s set drama was to move forward in the competition.
  • Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning John Patrick Shanley is best known for his riveting Broadway play Doubt, which he has since rewritten as a screen-play and a movie, as well as his Hollywood hit Moonstruck, which won three Academy Awards. He is also a theater and film director. And above all, he loves Italy and Italian America.
  • Caesar Must Die trailer
    Interview with the renowned brother-directors. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s new release Caesar Must Die has already won the Golden Bear award for best movie at the Berlin Film Festival. Now it’s the Academy’s turn
  • Despite the elimination from the Foreign Film Category, Italy is represented at the Academy Awards in two important categories: Art Direction for Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Short Film Animation for Enrico Casarosa's La Luna. The former welcomes long-time favorites Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo while the latter introduces Pixar's story artist Enrico Casarosa.