'Gomorrah,' 'Il Divo' top Donatellos

Italian films win a combined 14 awards

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

"Il Divo," the biopic from Paolo Sorrentino, also won seven awards, 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.

But "Gomorrah" -- which was Italy's selection for the Oscars' foreign-language-film 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 "Il Divo" went to Toni Servillo, for his portrayal of icon Italian politician Guilio Andreotti. Co-star Piera Degli Esposti was named best supporting actress. The film's other prizes include photography and musical score.

Alba Rohrwacher won the best actress prize for her role as Giovanna in "Il Papa di Giovanna" (Giovanna's Father), while Giuseppe Battiston was give the supporting actor honor for his work in "Non Pensarci" (Don't Think About It).

The award for Emerging Director went to Gianni de Gregorio for "Pranzo di Ferragosto" (Mid-August Lunch). De Gregorio also starred in the film, which won strong reviews at Venice last year. The Emerging Director prize is usually 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" ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") won the award for best film from the European Union, while Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" won the prize for foreign film.