'Gomorrah' is boss

Seven Donatello prizes for pic; 'Divo' also big

Matteo Garrone's organized crime thriller "Gomorrah" dominated the David di Donatello awards with seven prizes, including a near-sweep of the major categories.

"Il Divo," the biopic from Paolo Sorrentino, also won seven awards Friday, meaning the two films that burst onto the scene a year ago in Cannes combined to win 14 of the 18 categories in which they were eligible for a prize.

However, "Gomorrah" — which was Italy's selection for the foreign-language Oscar category — was the biggest winner, earning best film, best director for Garrone, best screenplay (for six writers) and best producer for Domenico Procacci.

The top prize for "Divo" went to Toni Servillo for his portrayal of iconic Italian politician Guilio Andreotti. Co-star Piera Degli Esposti was named best supporting actress. The film's other prizes included photography and musical score.

Alba Rohrwacher won the best actress prize for her role as Giovanna in "Giovanna's Father," and Giuseppe Battiston was given the supporting actor honor for his work in "Don't Think About It."

The Emerging Director award went to Gianni de Gregorio for "Mid-August Lunch." De Gregorio also starred in the film, which earned strong reviews at Venice last year. The Emerging Director prize usually is a precursor to a nomination in the major categories with the director's follow-up work.

Among non-Italian fare, Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" won for best film from the European Union, and Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" won the prize for foreign film. (partialdiff)