Diane Warren, Melissa Leo to Be Honored at L.A. Italia Fest

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Diane Warren (left), Melissa Leo

The event will also honor Lina Wertmuller, the first woman to be nominated for a best director Oscar.

The L.A. Italia Film, Fashion and Art Festival is focusing this year's lineup on outstanding women in global entertainment and has added two new honorees to the festivities.

Oscar nominee Diane Warren will receive the fest's Best Song of the Year Award, for Marshall's "Stand Up for Something," which she co-wrote with Common. And Oscar winner (The Fighter) Melissa Leo will receive the event's Italian-American Artist of the Year Award. 

The upcoming fest is chaired by Maria Bello with Dorothy Canton serving as president. The weeklong festivities will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, leading up to the Oscars. 

“With today’s emphasis on the important roles played by women in every aspect of our industry, we felt it important to spotlight some of the wonderfully talented female Italian and Italian-American artists and filmmakers that are leading, being honored at and attending this year’s L.A., Italia,” said festival founder-producer Pascal Vicedomini and honorary chair Mark Canton. 

As previously announced, the fest will also pay tribute to Lina Wertmuller in honor of her upcoming 90th birthday. Wertmuller was the first woman to be nominated for a best director Academy Award for Seven Beauties (1976), helping to inspire and pave the way for today's crop of female directors. The festival will screen the 2015 documentary Behind the White Glasses about Wertmuller's life. 

The 13th Annual L.A. Italia Fest is set to run Sunday through Saturday. Events are free and open to the public. 

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