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Enzo (Vincenzo) Cannavale has died in Naples

by Marianne Wi

Cannavale has died in Naples aged 82, he clocked up 109 films as an actor between 1949 and 2011, he  was very well-known in his native Italy and much-loved in Naples, where he lived all his life. Cannavale stared as Spaccafico in the Oscar-winning film Cinema Paradiso properly his best performance; although a prolific actor he received only one award, the Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actor in the film “32 December”  in 1988, he was nominated again in 1990 again for Supporting Actor in the film “La Casa del sorriso”.



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.



Bafta Film Awards 2011 – Best foreign language film

by Marianne Wi

The 2011 British Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011  , I have high hopes for I am Love , Io sono l’amore winning best foreign language film, however  I do feel Tilda Swinton should have been up for best actress , she was robbed  !

Best foreign language film

Biutiful – Mexico/Spain

The Secret in Their Eyes – Argentina

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Sweden

I Am Love – Io sono l’amore  –  Italy

Of Gods and Men – France



Academy Awards 2011

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