Los Angeles Italia Fest to Honor Lady Gaga, Diane Warren

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Lady Gaga and Diane Warren

The fest, held on the eve of the Oscars, has also named the cast of 'The Hateful Eight' as ensemble cast of the year.

Diane Warren and Lady Gaga, who are nominated for the best original song Oscar for “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground, are among a rich lineup of Oscar nominees who will be honored at Sunday's opening night of the 11th annual Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest in Hollywood. Warren will accept the festival's song of the year award in-person.

The fest will also honor composer Ennio Morricone, documentary filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Adam Benzine, the cast of The Hateful Eight and that film's legendary Italian composer, Ennio Morricone.

Heineman, who is nominated for the Oscar for best documentary feature for Cartel Land, will receive the fest’s documentary of the year award for his look at two vigilante groups fighting against Mexican drug cartels. And Benzine, who is nominated for the Oscar for best documentary short for Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, will receive the fest's short of the year award for his portrait of the eponymous 90-year-old French filmmaker.

The Hateful Eight will be presented with ensemble cast of the year, with Michael Madsen accepting the award on behalf of his co-stars. And Morricone, who is nominated for best original score for the film, will receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Feb. 26.

“We’re so proud that the Hollywood community considers L.A. Italia an important bridge between our two great countries,” said the festival’s director, Pascal Vicedomini. “The caliber of stars, filmmakers and celebrities that have come together to kick off our 11th anniversary celebration is truly wonderful. We’re thrilled and honored to have all these great people with us and look forward to facilitating many more successful collaborations between our two countries in the future.”

The Los Angeles Italia fest runs every year on the eve of the Oscars at the Hollywood & Highland complex to celebrate new and established Italian and Italian-American culture. The festival opens Feb. 21 with the American premiere of the pope biopic Call Me Francesco, and continues through Feb. 27.

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