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Italy jubilant over 'Great Beauty' Oscar win

Country's 11th Academy Award 'Italy's pride' tweets Renzi

03 March, 10:32
Italy jubilant over 'Great Beauty' Oscar win (ANSA) - Rome, March 3 - Italy was jubilant Monday after its selection for best foreign film, Paolo Sorrentino's Great Beauty, brought home the Academy Award, its eleventh in history and most ever for any country in the category. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said the win was a mark of "Italian pride," in a tweet, reflecting the front page of every national daily. The prize puts Italy two statuettes ahead of France's nine foreign-Oscar wins, 15 years after Italy's last Academy Award for Roberto Benigni's Holocaust tragicomedy Life Is Beautiful.

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.