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The 60th annual David di Donatello ceremony on Monday awarded best foreign film honors to Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, beating out fellow contenders Spotlight, Inside Out, Carol and Remember.
The Cold War spy drama was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture, but only won for Mark Rylance for best supporting actor. Best picture winner Spotlight was a huge hit in Italy given the conversation surrounding the Vatican, but failed to earn the Donatello nod among industry voters.
This was the first year that the awards were held on Sky Italia rather than public TV broadcaster RAI. The ceremony culminated a week celebrating Italian cinema on the network, with a dedicated channel of films of the best award winners over the years. The event marks a new chapter for Sky as it attempts to pave further ground into the Italian film industry.
Paolo Genovese’s box-office smash Perfect Strangers won best film and script. And Matteo Garrone was the big winner of the night. His surreal fairy tale epic Tale of Tales took home best director, cinematography, production design, hair, makeup and digital effects honors.
The Italian superhero film They Call Me Jeeg Robot also won big, collecting best new director, producer and editor nods, as well as sweeping the acting awards. And Son of Saul, which nabbed the Academy Award for best foreign film, won the David di Donatello award for best European film.
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