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  • Kacey Musgraves
    Tutt’altro che storici e diversificati, gli Oscar 2019 sono sembrati una carrellata di cattivo gusto, premi prevedibili, anche quando sono risultati “a sorpresa” come Green Book, e decisamente troppo politically correct. Meno male che a scaldarci i cuori ci hanno pensato Lady Gaga a Bradley Cooper.
  • Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (Photo Credit: ABC)
    Let’s face it: the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony won’t be remembered as an Italian-American night, yet we owe a few rare highlights in an otherwise soporific TV gala to some Italian American artists. Thank you Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Nick Vallelonga (through the surprise victory of “Green Book”). Also, a shout out to Bob Persichetti and Italian Sara Pichelli for their “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which won Best Animated Feature.
  • Gianfranco Rosi’s 2016 Italian documentary film, which highlights the harsh realities of the migrant crisis in Lampedusa, will compete against the 4 other nominations in its category at the 89th Academy Awards on February 26.
  • A scene of Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rosi
    Fuocoammare or Fire at Sea, by Gianfranco Rosi, has been officially announced as a nominee for the upcoming Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film in February 2017. This documentary is a close look into the harsh reality of the European Refugee Crisis on the Italian island of Lampedusa.
  • Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning John Patrick Shanley is best known for his riveting Broadway play Doubt, which he has since rewritten as a screen-play and a movie, as well as his Hollywood hit Moonstruck, which won three Academy Awards. He is also a theater and film director. And above all, he loves Italy and Italian America.
  • The Great Beauty is a Winner at the 86th Academy Awards. Fifteen years after Benigni's Life is Beautiful, the much coveted golden statue for Best Foreign Language Film, returns to Italy thanks to The Great Beauty, a film on an emotional crossroads that is reminiscent of Fellini's art and that has run a very successful awards season in the United States and Europe (winning, among other things, at the Golden Globes and at Britain's BAFTAs).
  • Despite the elimination from the Foreign Film Category, Italy is represented at the Academy Awards in two important categories: Art Direction for Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Short Film Animation for Enrico Casarosa's La Luna. The former welcomes long-time favorites Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo while the latter introduces Pixar's story artist Enrico Casarosa.