The rumors aren't true, Nicola Piovani, is not Ennio Morricone he is a more-than-competent and successful composer and film scorer in his own right. After receiving a degree in piano in 1967 from the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, Italy, Nicola Piovani studied composition with Manos Hadjidakis. He soon began collaborations with Italian directors Mario Bellocchio and Gianfranco Mingozzi in the early 1970s, working on such films as the drama "In the Name of the Father" and the thriller "Slap the Monster on Page One." He continued to work in Italian cinema and television, expanding his collaborations to include such notable directors as Federico Fellini ("Intervista"), the Taviani Brothers ("The Night of the Shooting Stars"), and Mario Monicelli ("Let's Hope It's a Girl," "Caro Diario"). In addition to composing for the cinema and TV, Piovani also writes chamber music, ballet scores, and orchestral suites. He won the Oscar in 1999 for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score for his work on Roberto Benigni's Holocaust drama "Life is Beautiful" and received the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et Lettres from the French Minister for Culture and Arts in 2008 for his contribution to French cinema. Piovani was served on the jury of the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.