Dunaway saluted with Legend Award

ROME — The winter weather ruled out a dip in the Blue Grotto, but local and U.S. stars gathered nonetheless to party on the Italian island of Capri over the New Year’s weekend at the sixth edition of Capri, Hollywood.

On hand to receive the fest’s Legend Award, Faye Dunaway outlined her desire to star in and direct a feature based on the life of opera diva Maria Callas, whom she played on stage in “Master Class.”

Paul Sorvino, who arrived in Capri unexpectedly accompanied by his daughter Mira, entertained fellow guests by crooning the classic Neapolitan song “Reginella.”

The Italian-American thesp this year appeared in his first Italo feature, Giovanni Veronesi’s “Witches Toward the North.”

Prizes awarded during the fest included Italian actor of the year to Giancarlo Giannini, for his supporting role in Ridley Scott’s “Hannibal,” and actress of the year to Laura Morante for Nanni Moretti’s Cannes prize winner “The Son’s Room.”

Ferzan Ozpetek was named director of the year for box office smash “Ignorant Fairies.”

Guests included U.S. actors Armand Assante, F. Murray Abraham and Burt Young; Italians Adriano Giannini, Raul Bova and Franco Nero; and singers Gino Paoli, Edoardo Bennato, Tony Renis and hot-selling tenor heartthrob Alessandro Safina. Headed by Pascal Vicedomini, the Dec. 27-Jan. 2 event culminated with a New Year’s Eve ball at the Hotel Palatium in Anacapri.

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