Italy's "The Great Beauty" won the Oscar for foreign Language film Sunday night.
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, “The Great Beauty” follows a writer, Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), who finds himself at an emotional crossroads as he looks back over what became of his once-promising life and career after his 65th birthday. The Oscar is the 11th to go to a film from Italy, the last being the 1998 movie “Life Is Beautiful.” Three additional special
This year saw a significant change in the category's voting process. For the first time, all academy members were allowed to vote in the category, as in the best picture and acting categories. Previously, to vote in the foreign language category, members had to see all five nominees in the category in a theater.
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The other nominees in the category were Belgium's bluegrass-tinged melodrama "The Broken Circle Breakdown," the Palestinian procedural thriller "Omar" and Cambodia's first-person documentary, "The Missing Picture." This was the seventh nomination for Belgium, second for a Palestinian film and first for Cambodia in the category.
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