Sophia Loren to get award from Oscar Academy Museum

Italian diva feted by Hollywood days after her 87th birthday.

Oscar-winning Italian actress Sophia Loren will be honoured by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the long-awaited Los Angeles venue set to open this week.

Loren is to receive the inaugural 'Visionary Award' from the Academy's new museum, alongside Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima who will be presented with the 'Vantage Award.'

Sophia Loren in La Vita Davanti a Sé

The Visionary Award acknowledges an “extensive body of work [that] has advanced the art of cinema,” stated the museum, which added that the new awards “reflected its mission to celebrate and advance the understanding of the diverse and varied stories of cinema and cinematic artists.”

Loren is set to receive the award on 25 September during a gala event at the Los Angeles museum whose opening has been stalled several times due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The seven-storey building, designed by celebrated Italian architect Renzo Piano, is located on the 'Miracle Mile' and is due to open to the public five days after the ribbon is cut, on 30 September.

Sophia Loren won an Oscar for La Ciociara

The Visionary Award will be the latest in a string of accolades won by the veteran Italian actress, who turn 87 a few days before the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Her performance as Cesira in the 1961 movie La Ciociara (Two Women), directed by Vittorio De Sica, earned her an Oscar for Best Actress, making her the first actor or actress to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance.

Most recently she played the lead role as Madame Rosa in La Vita Davanti a Sé (The Life Ahead) directed by her son Edoardo Ponti.

She has won six David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, and in 1991 she received an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

Loren also has the distinction of being the only living actress listed in the American Film Institute's top 25 greatest female screen legends.