Former Oscar host recruited for tribute

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has recruited Billy Crystal as host … of Wednesday’s tribute to Sophia Loren.

Crystal is a longtime friend of La Loren. The event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater will incorporate clips and observations on her life and career from her son, Edoardo Ponti, and other pals including Rob Marshall, Jo Champa, John Travolta and Christian De Sica. The evening will conclude with what is sure to be a lively convo between Loren and Crystal.

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