The big winner at this year’s David di Donatello Award Ceremony was, predictably, the epic story of Italy’s unification, “Noi Credevamo” – We Believed, with 7 awards.
Looking back at my will win/ should win entry I see that in a few cases I was wrong about what I thought would win and the ones that I thought should win got the prizes, so that was a happy surprise.
I figured that “Noi Credevamo” would win for best picture, but I thought that Mario Martone, would win for its direction. Instead, Daniele Luchetti got it for “La Nostra Vita”, a movie that also did very well last night at the awards.
I thought that Elio Germano should win for best actor in “La Nostra Vita”, but that Antonio Albanese would win for “Qualunquemente” – and happily I was wrong. I thought that Elio should get the prize and he did! He deserved it.
In the supporting actor category the same thing happened. I wanted Giuseppe Battiston to win for “La Passione”, but thought that Francesco Di Leva would get it for “Una Vita Tranquilla”. Di Leva was very good too, but Giuseppe Battiston took home the award. He’s always been one of my favorites so I am very happy for him.
So, my guesses were not great, but my instincts weren’t bad. Many who I wanted to win, did win, even if I didn’t think they had a chance.
Reading about the award ceremony made me laugh; apparently they have the same problem with acceptance speeches that we do in America and that the time limit given to actors took a little glamour away from the show. As the evening started getting late the winners were shoved off the stage and not given the chance to talk, with show directors shouting, “Hurry! You have 10 seconds!”.
I wish I could have been there anyway. Award shows are silly, if you think about it. I’ve always said that the Oscars were stupid and nothing more than a bunch of self absorbed celebrities giving each other exaggerated praise (they didn’t exactly cure cancer – did they? ), but for Italy, these things are important. As the film industry grows, encouragement is necessary and the praise deserved.
Complimenti Italia! It was a good year for movies.