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An Oscar for Italy abroad

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Mainland Italy was present in Hollywood at the recent 93rd annual Academy Awards ceremony with three “nominations”, without however obtaining any Oscars.

            The other Italy, the one abroad, instead has conquered one. To be nominated by mainland Italy were Laura Pausini for the best song ("Io si") of the film "Life in front of you", Massimo Cantini Parrini for the costumes of "Pinocchio", and Dalia Colli for the make-up of " Pinocchio". The winner for Italy abroad was Anthony Giacchino, originally from Casoli, in the province of Chieti on the maternal side, and from Caccamo, in the province of Palermo, on the paternal side. Before Anthony, his older brother Michael Jr. also received an Oscar in 2010 for the soundtrack of the animated film “Up”.

            The 52-year-old native of New Jersey Anthony (photo), won the Oscar for his documentary "Colette", the story and testimony of the now 92-year-old French partisan Colette Marin-Catherine, who goes to Germany for the first time to visit the camp Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp where his brother died. Previously, in 2008, Anthony had won an Emmy (the main television award) for the program "Great Moments".

            Giacchino, still in Hollywood after the recent award ceremony, called the "Moondo" in New York City when it was 6:30 in the morning (9:30 in NY) to say: "My mother is originally from Casoli, a town that I have visited a few times, the last in 2003 with my family and where my mother's uncle was the guide. I plan to return to Italy soon, but first I have to improve my Italian ”. Then he adds that in 2012 he also visited Caccamo when the mayor offered his brother Michael the keys to the town.

            Anthony studied German at the University of Philadelphia and spent two years in Germany with an Italian passport, where he also attended an Italian language course.

            To emigrate to America from Casoli in 1920 was the maternal grandfather Antonio Fortunato, while the mother Josephine was born in Pennsylvania, as well as Anthony's father, Michael and paternal grandfather John. The paternal great-grandfather Michele and great-grandmother Concetta Sanfratello had left Sicily in 1902. 

            Anthony has two brothers and a sister, Maria (also a producer), the second brother John, instead works in the real estate field.

            Giacchino's film career began in 2007 in Brooklyn, New York (where he currently resides) with the producer he founded, Time Travel Unlimited, which has since produced 15 documentaries. Before that he was producing programs for the History Channel. As for the Oscars ceremony, Giacchino confesses that he was very excited, also for the presence of so many Hollywood stars, and is keen to explain that "we were all buffered and forty".

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