Italy cheers “The Great Beauty” Os­car af­ter a 15-year hia­tus

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This is a pic­ture of an award-win­ning Italy. It is the pic­ture of “The Great Beauty” (“La grande bellezza” 2013), the film di­rected by Neapoli­tan di­rec­tor Paolo Sor­rentino, which won the statue for the best for­eign-lan­guage film. The last time that an Ital­ian film won an Os­car was fif­teen years ago, in 1999, when Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beau­ti­ful” scooped as many as three awards. In the photo, Sor­rentino poses with ex­tra­or­di­nary lead ac­tor Toni Servillo and pro­ducer Ni­cola Gi­u­liano. On re­ceiv­ing the award, Sor­rentino thanked sev­eral lu­mi­nar­ies as his in­spi­ra­tion: Fed­erico Fellini, the Talk­ing Heads, Ital­ianAmer­i­can di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese and Diego Maradona, the Ar­gen­tine soc­cer star who played for Sor­rentino’s home­town team of Napoli. He also thanked the city of Rome, to which the film is ded­i­cated, Naples where he was born 43 years ago and his own per­sonal “beau­ties”, Daniela, Anna and Carlo, re­spec­tively his wife and two chil­dren.

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