L.A., Italia Awards: ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ Get Final Push at Felliniesque Ceremony
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
With the clock ticking down to the close of Oscar voting at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, nominees are clamoring for face time with Academy members who may not have cast their ballots yet, and Sunday night’s 10th L.A., Italia Awards — a part of the weeklong L.A., Italia Film Fashion and Art Fest, and a sister event to Italy’s Capri-Hollywood and Ischia Global film festivals — offered several of them just that.
The annual gathering draws several hundred people, including a not inconsiderable number of Academy members — many with ties of some sort to Italy (i.e., Camelot actor Franco Nero, Crash co-screenwriter Bobby Moresco and songwriter Tony Renis are members of the fest’s advisory board), but others as well (i.e. “Hound Dog” songwriter Mike Stoller) — and has been described by more than a few as “Felliniesque.”