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