'Il Divo,' 'Gomorrah' lead Donatello noms

The two films have 27 nominations between them

ROME -- Paolo Sorrentino's political biopic "Il Divo" and "Gomorrah," the organized crime thriller from Matteo Garone, dominated Thursday's nominations for Italy's David di Donatello awards, capturing 27 between them.

The two films have combined to win multiple awards over the last year, starting with the 2008 Festival de Cannes, where they won the Special Jury Award and Grand Prix prize, respectively.

"Gomorrah" has earned more notoriety internationally, earning a Golden Globe foreign film nomination and being selected as Italy's official candidate for the Oscars. But it is "Il Divo" that can boast the most nominations for Italy's highest film honor, with 16, compared to 11 for "Gomorrah." The maximum number of categories an Italian film is eligible for is 19.

Both films were nominated in the best film category in which Fausto Brizzi's romance "Ex," Paolo Virzi's comedy "Tutta la Vita Davanti" (Her Whole Life Ahead) and "Si Puo Fare" (You Can Do It), a comedy from Giulio Mandredonia, round out the field.

Sorrentino, Garrone, Brizzi and Manfredonia all were nominated for best director along with Pupi Avati for "Il Papa di Giovanna" (Giovanni's Father).

Tony Servillo, who will receive the career excellence award at this year's Locarno Film Festival, was nominated for best actor for his role as iconic seven-time Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti in "Il Divo." He'll compete for the honor with Luca Argentero ("Diverso da Chi?"), Claudio Bisio ("Si Puo Fare"), Valerio Mastandrea ("Non Pensarci") and Silvio Orlando ("Il Papa di Giovanna").

The best actress category was the only major category in which neither "Il Divo" nor "Gomorrah" received a nomination. There, the nominees are Alba Rohrwacher ("Il Papa di Giovanna"), Ilaria Occhini ("Mar Nero"), Valeria Golino ("Giulia non esce la sera"), Cladia Gerini ("Diverso da chi?") and Donatella Finocchiaro ("Galantuomini").

Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," which won the Golden Lion at last year's Venice Film Festival, headed a foreign film nominations list that includes Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino," "Milk" from Gus Van Sant, Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor" and "WALL-E" from Andrew Stanton.

The award presentation for the Donatellos will take place May 8.