Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah swept the David of Donatello Awards - Italy’s highest film honors - taking seven awards in all top categories including best film, best director and best screenplay as well as best producer honors for Domenico Procacci of Fandango.
Gomorrah however, tied in number of awards with Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo, which also took seven statues home Friday night. Sorrentino’s film scooped up prizes including best actor for Tony Servillo’s depiction of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, while Piera Degli Espositi was honored with best supporting actress honors. Divo also took home best DOP, best music as well as other artistic and technical honors.
The two films have been the talk of the Italian cinema industry since both were recognized with prizes in Cannes last year where Gomorrah, about the Neapolitan crime organization Camorra, took home the Cannes Grand Prix while Sorrentino’s Il Divowas awarded Cannes’s Special Jury Prize.
Going into the awards ceremony, however, Il Divo led with 16 nominations with Gomorrah trailing with 11.
The two films both showed strong performances at the Italian box office (Gomorrah grossed $13.4m to Il Divo’s $6 m) however, both films shut out Fausto Brizzi’s popular film Ex, that was nominated in ten categories but didn’t take home any statues.
Other notable prizes included best actress to Alba Rohrwacher for her moving portrait of a young woman shut in a mental institution in Pupi Avati’s Giovanna’s Father, best first time director went to Gianni Di Gregorio for his Mid-August Lunch, produced by Matteo Garrone, the Young David prize went to Si Puo Fare by Giulio Manfredonia.
Best European Union Film was given to Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire while Best Foreign Film was attributed to Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.
Best Director Matteo Garrone, Gomorrah
Best Directorial Debut Gianni Di Gregorio, Mid-August Lunch
Best Screenplay (Gomorrah) Massimo Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Roberto Saviano
Best Producer Domenico Procacci
Best Actress Alba Rohrwacher Giovanna’s Father
Best Actor - Tony Servillo Il Divo
Best Supporting Actress Piera Degli Espositi Il Divo
Best Supporting Actor Giuseppe Battiston Non Pensarci
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Il Divo
Best Music Teho Teardo Il Divo
Best Original Song Herculaneum by Robert Del Naja Gomorrah
Best Art Direction Francesco Frigeri I Demoni di San Pietroburgo
Best Costumes Elisabetta Montaldo I Demoni di San Pietroburgo
Best Make-up Vittorio Sodano Il Divo
Best Hairstyling Aldo Signoretti Il Divo
Best Editing Marco Spoletini Gomorrah
Best Visual Effects Nicola Sganga, Rodolfo Migliari Il Divo
Best film from the European UnionSlumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle
Best Foreign FilmGran Torino by Clint Eastwood
Best Feature DocumentaryRata Nece Biti by Daniele Gaglianone
Best ShortL’Arbitro by Paolo Zucca
Young David Award Giulio Manfredonia Si Puo Fare
Special David awards:
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