A tiff over Ital­ian ‘Love’

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If it’s award sea­son, it must be time for an Os­car ker­fuf­fle in­volv­ing an Ital­ian film. Two years ago, the for­eign-lan­guage Os­car com­mit­tee over­looked Mat­teo Gar­rone’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed Naples mob drama “Go­mor­rah.” On Wed­nes­day, Italy went the un­likely — and, to some film buffs, un­con­scionable — route of choos­ing as its of­fi­cial academy se­lec­tion Paolo Virzi’s dram­edy “The First Beau­ti­ful Thing” over “I Am Love,” the Tilda Swin­ton-star­ring Russo-Italo drama that has gained fes­ti­val at­ten­tion and has been an art­house hit in the U.S., gross­ing nearly $5 mil­lion. Steven Zeitchik looks at the con­tro­versy — and other likely con­tenders in Os­car’s for­eign-lan­guage fea­ture race — at

Mario Spada

SLIGHTED: Italy’s ac­claimed Naples mob drama “Go­mor­rah” was over­looked by the for­eign-lan­guage Os­car com­mit­tee two years ago.

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