Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin, father of the unforgettable musical theme of “Mission Impossible”, will receive an honorary Oscar at a ceremony held annually in Los Angeles in November, the Academy announced Wednesday.
Lalo Schifrin, 86, is the author of over a hundred film scores. He grew up in Argentina, but studied classical music and jazz in France before returning to Buenos Aires to work in cinema during the 1950s.
He composed Cincinnati Kid and Bullitt, along with Steve McQueen, Inspector Harry, Clint Eastwood, Operation Dragon, Bruce Lee, and more recently Rush Hour, with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
But this is the theme of the series “Mission Impossible”, systematically taken in cinematographic adaptations, which made it really famous.
Lalo Schifrin has been selected six times for the Oscar for best film music, between 1967 and 1983, but without receiving the prestigious statuette.
Her Honorary Oscar will be awarded at the Governor Awards on November 18th.
The Academy of Oscars will also honor the American actress Cicely Tyson, 93, a Broadway actor who has also played numerous minor roles in film and television, and Marvin Levy, a publicist sides of Hollywood film studios. He will be the first publicist to receive an Oscar of Honor.
Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, both old friends of Steven Spielberg, will also be rewarded by the profession, which will give the couple the “Thalberg Award”.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – Official Trailer – Paramount Pictures