'Joker,' 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' 'Parasite' Among Italy's David di Donatello Awards Nominees

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'Green Book' and Roman Polanski's 'J'accuse' are the other nominees in the best foreign film category.

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Todd Phillips' Joker, Peter Farrelly's Green Book, Bong Joon Ho's Parasite and Roman Polanski's J'accuse are the nominees in the best foreign film category of Italy's David di Donatello Awards.

The nominees in the best Italian film category are Matteo Garrone for Pinocchio, Pietro Marcello for Martin Eden, Claudio Giovannesi for La Paranza dei Bambini (Piranhas), Marco Bellocchio for Il Traditore (The Traitor) and Matteo Rovere for Il Primo Re (The First King). Those five will also compete in the best director category, meaning no female directors are among the contenders this year. 

The 2019 David di Donatello awards marked the first time that two women were nominated in the best director and best picture categories: Alice Rohrwacher for Happy as Lazarus and Valeria Golino for Euphoria. Neither film took home any prizes.

Overall, The Traitor led the nominations with 18, followed by The First King and Pinocchio with 15 each. In the acting categories, Roberto Benigni is among the best supporting actor nominees for his role in Pinocchio.

The 65th Donatello awards ceremony will take place April 3.  

Here are the nominations in key categories:

Best film
The First King by Matteo Rovere
The Traitor by Marco Bellocchio
Piranhas by Claudio Giovannesi
Martin Eden by Pietro Marcello
Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone

Best foreign film
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino
Joker by Todd Phillips
Green Book by Peter Farrelly
Parasite by Bong Joon Ho
J'accuse by Roman Polanski

Best director
Matteo Rovere (The First King)
Marco Bellocchio (The Traitor)
Claudio Giovannesi (Piranhas)
Pietro Marcello (Martin Eden)
Matteo Garrone (Pinocchio)

Best new director
Igort (5 Is the Perfect Number)
Phaim Bhuiyan (Bangla)
Leonardo D'Agostini (The Champion)
Marco d'Amore (The Immortal)
Carlo Sironi (Sole)

Best original screenplay
Bangla - Phaim Bhuiyan, Vanessa Picciarelli
The First King - Filippo Gravino, Francesca Maniero, Matteo Rovere
The Traitor - Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella, Francesco Piccolo
The Goddess of Luck - Gianni Romoli, Silvia Ranfagni, Ferzan Ozpetek Do you
Remember? - Valerio Mieli

Best adapted screenplay
The Mayor of the Sanità District - Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo
The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily - Thomas Bidegain, Jean-Luc Fromental, Lorenzo Mattotti
Piranhas - Maurizio Braucci, Roberto Saviono, Claudio Giovannesi
Martin Eden - Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello
Pinocchio - Matteo Garrone, Massimo Ceccherini

Best leading actress
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (The Summer House)
Jasmine Trinca (The Goddess of Luck)
Isabella Ragonese (My brother Chases the Dinosaurs)
Linda Caridi (Remember?)
Lunetta Savino (Rosa)
Valeria Golino (All My Crazy Love)

Best leading actor
Toni Servillo (5 Is the Perfect Number)
Alessandro Borghi (The First King)
Francesco Di Leva (The Mayor of the Sanità District)
Pierfrancesco Favino (The Traitor)
Luca Marinelli (Martin Eden)

Best supporting actress
Valeria Golino (5 Is the Perfect Number)
Anna Ferzetti (Tomorrow Is Another Day)
Tania Garribba (The First King)
Maria Amato (The Traitor)
Alida Baldari Calabria (Pinocchio)

Best supporting actor
Carlo Buccirosso (5 Is the Perfect Number)
Stefano Accorsi (The Champion)
Fabrizio Ferracane (The Traitor)
Luigi Lo Cascio (The Traitor)
Roberto Benigni (Pinocchio)