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Colin Firth , The King’s Speech, Does it in Italian !

by Marianne Wi

I am as always trying to find the Italian aspect of a winner, Colin Firth is not Italian however he has been married to the Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli since 1997 , with whom he has 2 children. Livia Giuggioli has been known to be on the run from the Fashion Police, her dress sense is something else and could easily be compared to that of  Nancy d’allio .OK, not really that interesting so have a look at this video from the Oscar night and his red carpet performance . Colin Firth was confronted  by Italy’s Sky News interviewer,  this will surely make your day. I keep asking myself ” Is there no end to this Golden Goose and his talent” ? I think once you have seen this Video you will agree that the answer is NO !


Academy Awards 2011 Winners List

by Marianne Wi

We were robbed, Italy did not win Custom and Design as I had hoped , it went to Alice in Wonderland ….OK , to be fair she is a child and the floodgates would have swong open had it gone to anyone else.

Makeup, went to the Woofman, I am looking to Canada for emotional support here and hope they will take it up with the Academy Awards board on our behalf, we  were robbed.

Wooo Woooo, we did it, we did it , ONE shiny golden Oscar went to Italy!

Well done  Francis Ford Coppola, we are so very proud and grateful for your Lifetime Achievement Award , please visit during the summer , let’s have a look at it, bring it to Basilicata , we will throw you a party…no make that a Festival with fireworks, one  you will never forget.

Denmark, I am so very very happy for you ” In a Better World” it was a great film, a small but well-formed tear was shed by me  ” Hip Hip Hurrah, hip Hip Hurrah  for Susanne Bier certainly a year that has seen her wardrope grow , having also run of with the British BAFTA and the Golden Globe.

Here is a list of all the winners :

Best Picture: “The King’s Speech”

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”

Best Director: Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”

Best Supporting Actor:Christian Bale for “The Fighter”

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for “The Fighter”

Best Art Direction: “Alice”

Best Cinematography: ‘Inception’

Best Animated Short: ‘The Lost Thing’

Best Animated Feature: ‘Toy Story 3’

Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for “The Social Network.”

Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler “The King’s Speech.”

Best Foreign Film: ‘In a Better World’ from Denmark

Best Documentary Feature: “Inside Job”

Best Documentary Short: “Strangers No More”

Best Live Action Short: “God of Love”

Best Original Score: “The Social Network”

Best Original Song: Randy Newman – “We Belong Together” for Toy Story 3

Best Sound Mixing: “Inception”

Best Sound Editing: Richard King – “Inception”

Best Film Editing: “The Social Network”

Best Costume: “Alice”

Best Make-up: “The Wolfman”



Academy Awards 2011 , time for an Oscar !

by Marianne Wi

OK, it is Friday and it is time to get in the party stuff for Sunday nights Oscar bash, here in Italy we are all in fancy dress already as we are mid Carnival so no need for a costume or design . We do need food for this fest though and let’s not forget the Prosecco it is a must, we have the possibility of 3 Oscars so there surely must be one Oscar coming this way, three golden Oscars for Italy…..really ? Yes, THREE, I have had to push the boundaries a little to get that many but yes I am claiming 3 Oscars for Italy Sunday night.

Oscar Number one goes toIo sono l’amore, I am love Directed by Luca Guadagnino it is one of our hopes still alive and kicking for Costume and Design , responsible for those beautiful sumptuous ensembles is costume designer Antonella Cannarozzi, who first worked with the director on Melissa P back in 2005 , you have seen Io sono l’amore, I am love and will agree that Tilda Switon never looked better even Alba Rohrwacher looked positively stunning . Who are we up against for this elegant Oscar  ? :

Alice in Wonderland, C & D Colleen Atwood ( They took the BAFTA give us the Oscar)

Il Grinto , True Grit,  C & D Mary Zophres

The Tempest, C & D Sandy Powell

Il discorso de re , The Kings Speech, C & D Jenny Powell

Second Oscar goes to: La versione di Barneby, Barnaby’s Version, it is a production shared by Canada and Italy so any Oscar will be 50% Italian that is good enough for me. We are looking for an Oscar in the Makeup Department here, always an important Oscar if you ask me. The team working on this lovely film was: Natalie Garon, Rick Gassman, Magoli Metiveir, Adrien Morot, Valli O’Reilly and Alessandra Venzi, many good Italian names so let’s run with this Oscar. We are up against some heavy makeup I agree ,The Wolfman directed by Joe Johnston and The Way Back directed by Peter Weir, our best change.

The third and final Oscar goes to : Francis Ford Coppola the 71-year-old was born in Detroit USA ,I do not want a deep and meaningful discussion on genealogy here, just listen up for a second , when your father is Carmine Coppola and your mum is named Italia and they both came from Bernalda , Basilicata, we have some claim on him here in Italy, enough titter tatter, he is getting a lifetime achievement award , Premio alla carriera and we here in Italy will be celebrating …right ?.


We are in for a great evening on Sunday and a few Oscars too. So get the pasta ready, the Prosecco chilled and lets party.



Academy Awards 2011

by Marianne Wi

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Academy Awards 2011 Best Foreign Film

by Marianne Wi

Best Foreign Film entered by Italy was   The First Beautiful Thing directed by Paolo Virzì it  did not get accepted and will miss out on an Oscar.


Best Foreign Film Oscar 2011

by Marianne Wi

To follow is a list of films entered for Best Foreign Film at this years Oscars. Italy’s entry is  The First Beautiful Thing directed by Paolo Virzì . Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards will be announced on January 25, 2011 at 5:30 a.m. PT. The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 27 2011.

East, West, East directed by Gjergi Xhuvani

Outside the Law directed by Rachid Bouchareb

Carancho directed by Pablo Trapero

La Pivellina directed by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel

Precinct directed by Ilgar Safat

Third Person Singular Number directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Illegal directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Cirkus Columbia directed by Danis Tanovic

Lula, the Son of Brazil directed by Fábio Barreto

Eastern Plays directed by Kamen Kalev

Incendies directed by Denis Villeneuve

The Life of Fish directed by Matías Bize
Aftershock directed by Feng Xiaogang

Crab Trap directed by Oscar Ruíz Navia
Costa Rica
Of Love and Other Demons directed by Hilda Hidalgo
The Blacks directed by Goran Devic and Zvonimir Juric

Czech Republic
Kawasaki’s Rose directed by Jan Hrebejk

In a Better World directed by Susanne Bier

Messages from the Sea directed by Daoud Abdel Sayed

The Temptation of St. Tony directed by Veiko Öunpuu

Steam of Life directed by Joonas Berghail & Mika Hotakainen

Of Gods and Men directed by Xavier Beauvoi

Street Days directed by Levan Koguashvili

When We Leave directed by Feo Aladag

Dogtooth directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Hong Kong
Echoes of the Rainbow by Alex Law

Bibliotheque Pascal directed by Szabolcs Hajdu

Mamma Gogo directed by Fridrik Thor

Peepli Live directed by Anusha Rizvi
How Funny (This Country Is) directed by Deddy Mizwar

Farewell Baghdad directed by Mehdi Naderi

Son of Babylon directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji

The Human Resources Manager directed by Eran Riklis
The First Beautiful Thing directed by Paolo Virzì

Confessions directed by Tetsuya Nakashima

Strayed directed by Akan Satayev

Hong Kong Confidential directed by Maris Martinsons

Mothers directed by Milcho Manchevski

Biutiful directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Tirza directed by Rudolph van den Berg

La Yuma directed by Florence Jaugey

Angel directed by Margreth Olin

Undertow directed by Javier Fuentes-León

Noy directed by Dondon Santos

All That I Love directed by Jacek Borcuch
To Die Like a Man directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Puerto Rico
Miente directed by Rafi Mercado

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle directed by Florin Serban

The Edge directed by Aleksei Uchitel

Besa directed by Srdjan Karanovic

The Border directed by Jaroslav Vojtek

South Africa
Life, Above All directed by Oliver Schmitz

South Korea
A Barefoot Dream directed by Tae-gyun Kim

Even the Rain directed by Iciar Bollain

Simple Simon directed by Andreas Ohman

La petite chambre directed by Stéphanie Chaut & Véronique Reymond

Monga directed by Doze Niu

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerathesakul
Honey directed by Semih Kaplanoglu

Hermano directed by Marcel Rasquin

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