LA Italia Fest to Honor 'Green Book's' Nick Vallelonga

Feb 22, 2019 523

BY: Ariston Anderson

The 14th annual LA Italia Fest will conclude Friday night with a special awards ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, honoring multiple Academy Award nominees before the big night on Sunday. Nick Vallelonga, who is Oscar-nominated for best original screenplay and best motion picture for Green Book, will be honored with the festival’s Italian-American of the Year award. And Green Book, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, will be honored with the LA, Italia Solidarity award.

The festival will also give its best script award to Green Book's Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly. The trio previously won the Golden Globe for best screenplay. Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, is based on the story of Vallelonga's father Tony Lip, who drove virtuoso pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the segregated South in the early 1960s.

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