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'Great Beauty' shortlisted for Academy Award

Sorrentino's Fellini-inspired gem vying with eight other films

20 December, 19:36
'Great Beauty' shortlisted for Academy Award (ANSA) - Rome, December 20 - Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) was shortlisted for an Academy Award Friday. The Italian film is one of nine titles vying for five slots in the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars on March 2.

The finalists will be announced January 16.

Compared by some to the work of cinematic icon Federico Fellini, the movie is about a culture critic immersed in the squalid world of Roman high society.

Italy has not won an Academy Award since Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful 15 years ago.

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