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Italy at the 2014 Academy Awards!

By February 28, 2014 , , , , , , , , , , , ,

It's Oscar weekend and an Italian film holds a coveted spot in the Foreign Language Film category!

We're keeping our fingers crossed for our fellow Italians in the race for an Oscar!

La grande bellezza, or 'The Great Beauty' in English, was at the top of Italy's shortlist when the submission decision was being made, and rightly so! This film joins an elite list of Italian films and filmmakers the have been nominated to win one of the most prestigious awards in arts and culture; a list that includes Life is Beautiful (1998 Winner), Scent of a Woman (1975 Nominee) and Federico Fellini's 8-1/2 (1968 Winner).

So what's this film about? Here's a short synopsis from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

Jep Gambardella is a well-known journalist whose success has placed him at the center of Rome's decadent social world. But Jep is also the author of an acclaimed novel, written years ago, and he remains haunted by the career he failed to pursue when he chose the seductive ease of his current life.

It's been almost 10 years since Italy had an entry that has made it this far and only Sunday will tell if La grande bellezza is going to be the winner. We've got high hopes that this film will add another Oscar win to record in Italian film history!

In the meantime, join us for a deliciously authentic Italian meal and get in the mood for some Italian films!

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