Ennio Morricone to Get Los Angeles Italia Fest Honor

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Ennio Morricone

The Italian composer is set to receive another accolade this awards season.

The 11th Los Angeles-Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest is set to honor five-time Oscar-nominated composer Ennio Morricone.

A schoolday classmate of Sergio Leone, the two formed a legendary partnership responsible for some of the most iconic film scores in history.

The Roman composer has been nominated for an Oscar for best original score for Days of Heaven (1978), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991) and Malena (2000). He was given an honorary statuette in 2007 for his contributions to the art of film music.

His latest work, the original score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, has already been nominated for a Golden Globe for best original score.

"Morricone is a true legend in America – an icon of Italian culture," said festival founder Pascal Vicedomini, "and LA-Italia, which highlights the Italian film and music industries, is eager to celebrate him in the year of his collaboration with Tarantino and in the name of the great Sergio Leone."

Vicedomini is also director of the Capri-Hollywood Film Festival, which wrapped January 2 awarding The Hateful Eight with four awards, including best score for Morricone and best movie. 

Previous editions of the festival have honored Dario Argento and Al Pacino.

The 11th edition of the Los Angeles-Italia fest takes place Feb. 21-Feb 27 at Hollywood’s Chinese 6 Theaters, one week before the 2016 Academy Awards.

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