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And the winner is…
This Sunday sees the biggest night in the film industry’s year – it’s the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars. We reckoned this would be a good opportunity to throw the spotlight on some of the winners who’ve given world cinema a taste of Italian success in the past.
Let’s start with directors… Italian names read like a who’s who of Hollywood history: Bertolucci, Capra, Coppola, Fellini, Leone, Rossellini, Zeffirelli to list just a few. Back in the 1930s Frank Capra won the Best Director Oscar three times! Bernardo Bertolucci won more recently for ‘The Last Emperor’ in 1987.
Italians have had great success on the acting front too. Anna Magnani was the first Italian to win the Best Actress Oscar for ‘The Rose Tattoo’ and, of course, Neapolitan favourite Sophia Loren won the same award in 1961 for ‘Two Women’. Not until 1998 did an Italian win Best Actor – this was achieved by Roberto Benigni for his role in ‘Life is Beautiful’.
Musically, Italy has fared very well at the Oscars: Giorgio Moroder has scooped three awards for his scores and songs while Nino Rota picked up the Oscar in 1974 for his score for ‘The Godfather’.
Speaking of ‘The Godfather’, although strictly an American production, it’s as Italian as spaghetti and one of the most successful films of all time. It took the Best Picture Oscar and Marlon Brando won Best Actor although he turned it down! Director Francis Ford Coppola and supporting actor Al Pacino were nominated but sadly didn’t win.
This Sunday, look out for the Best Costume award. Italian Milena Canonero is hoping to win her fourth Oscar in this category which would make her the most successful Italian Oscar winner ever. We’re behind her all the way!
Italian cinema today is as highly regarded as ever and numerous films have been nominated and won Best Foreign Film Oscars in recent years. Rossopomodoro is proud to promote the best of Italian film both old and new at our regular RossoCinema events. We serve an authentic Neapolitan meal and then screen a classic movie in the original Italian with English subtitles. What you could call an Italian double feature… we hope to see you there soon.