Italy jubilant over 'Great Beauty' Oscar win
Country's 11th Academy Award 'Italy's pride' tweets Renzi03 March, 10:32
The Great Beauty is a jaundiced view of decadent, spicy but jaded high jinks in Italy's capital through the eyes of a culture critic played by acclaimed actor Toni Servillo, a veteran of five Sorrentino movies, who appeared beside his fellow Naples native at the podium in Hollywood. In his acceptance speech, Sorrentino thanked his hometown and Rome, as well as Italian cinematic icon Federico Fellini, to whom he looked for much of the film's inspiration. After bagging top foreign honors at the Golden Globe awards and the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), The Great Beauty was considered the favorite at the Oscars despite a mixed reception at home.