List of Italian Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Italian Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of Italian filmmakers, actors, actress and films that have either been submitted, nominated or have won an Academy Award. The total number of winners is 53 and the nominees 176.

Best Actor – Leading

This list focuses on Italian-born actors.

Best Actor
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1962 Marcello Mastroianni Divorce, Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana) Nominated
1976 Giancarlo Giannini Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) Nominated
1977 Marcello Mastroianni A Special Day (Una giornata particolare) Nominated
1987 Marcello Mastroianni Dark Eyes (Oci ciornie) Nominated Most nominated Italian actor
1995 Massimo Troisi The Postman (Il postino) Nominated
1998 Roberto Benigni Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) Won First Italian actor to win Best Actor

Best Actor – Supporting

This list focuses on Italian-born actors.

Actor Year Film Result
De Sica, VittorioVittorio De Sica 1957 A Farewell to Arms Nominated
Gardenia, VincentVincent Gardenia 1973 Bang the Drum Slowly Nominated
Gardenia, VincentVincent Gardenia 1987 Moonstruck Nominated

Best Actress – Leading

This list focuses on Italian-born actresses.

Best Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1955 Anna Magnani The Rose Tattoo Won First Italian actress to win for Best Actress.
1957 Anna Magnani Wild Is the Wind Nominated
1961 Sophia Loren Two Women Won (Italian title: La ciociara)
Second Italian actress to be nominated.
First Italian actress to win for Best Actress in an Italian-language film.
1964 Sophia Loren Marriage Italian-Style Nominated (Italian title: Matrimonio all'italiana)

Best Actress – Supporting

This list focuses on Italian-born actresses.

Best Supporting Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1955 Marisa Pavan The Rose Tattoo Nominated
1974 Valentina Cortese Day for Night Nominated (original title: La nuit américaine)

Best Art Direction

This list focuses on Italian-born art directors.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Veniero Colasanti 1961 Best Art Direction – Color El Cid Nominated
Piero Gherardi 1961 Best Art Direction – Black-and-White The Sweet Life (La dolce vita) Nominated
Piero Gherardi 1963 Best Art Direction – Black-and-White Nominated
Piero Gherardi 1966 Best Art Direction – Color Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli spiriti) Nominated
Lorenzo Mongiardino
Carmelo Patrono
Gianni Quaranta
1973 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna) Nominated
Gianni Quaranta
Franco Zeffirelli
1987 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration La Traviata Nominated
Elio Altramura
Gianni Quaranta
shared with Brian Ackland-Snow
Brian Savegar
1987 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration A Room with a View Won
Bruno Cesari,
Osvaldo Desideri and
Ferdinando Scarfiotti
1987 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration The Last Emperor Won
Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
1989 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Nominated
Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
1990 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Hamlet Nominated
Dante Ferretti 1993 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration The Age of Innocence Nominated
Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
1994 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Nominated
Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
1998 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Kundun Nominated
Bruno Cesari
Nominated with Roy Walker
1999 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration The Talented Mr. Ripley Nominated
Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
2002 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Gangs of New York Nominated
Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
2004 Best Art Direction The Aviator Won
Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
2007 Best Art Direction Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Won
Dante Ferretti and
Francesca Lo Schiavo
2011 Best Art Direction Hugo Won

Best cinematography

This list focuses on Italian-born cinematographers.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Pasqualino De Santis 1968 Best Cinematography Romeo and Juliet Won
Vittorio Storaro 1979 Best Cinematography Apocalypse Now Won
Giuseppe Rotunno 1979 Best Cinematography All That Jazz Nominated
Vittorio Storaro 1981 Best Cinematography Reds Won
Vittorio Storaro 1987 Best Cinematography The Last Emperor Won
Vittorio Storaro 1990 Best Cinematography Dick Tracy Nominated
Dante Spinotti 1997 Best Cinematography L.A. Confidential Nominated
Dante Spinotti 1999 Best Cinematography The Insider Nominated
Mauro Fiore 2009 Best Cinematography Avatar Won

Best costume design

This list focuses on Italian-born costume designers.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Vittorio Nino Novarese 1949 Best Costume Design – Black-and-White Prince of Foxes Nominated
Maria De Matteis 1956 Best Costume Design – Color War and Peace Nominated
Piero Gherardi 1961 Best Costume Design – Black-and-White The Sweet Life (La dolce vita) Won
Piero Gherardi 1963 Best Costume Design – Black-and-White Won
Vittorio Nino Novarese 1963 Best Costume Design – Color Cleopatra Won
Piero Tosi 1963 Best Costume Design – Color The Leopard (Il gattopardo) Nominated
Vittorio Nino Novarese 1965 Best Costume Design – Color The Agony and the Ecstasy Nominated
Vittorio Nino Novarese 1965 Best Costume Design – Color The Greatest Story Ever Told Nominated
Piero Gherardi 1966 Best Costume Design – Color Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli spiriti) Nominated
Danilo Donati 1966 Best Costume Design – Black-and-White Il Vangelo secondo Matteo Nominated
Danilo Donati 1966 Best Costume Design – Black-and-White La Mandragola Nominated
Danilo Donati 1967 Best Costume Design The Taming of the Shrew Nominated
Danilo Donati 1968 Best Costume Design Romeo and Juliet Won
Vittorio Nino Novarese 1970 Best Costume Design Cromwell Won
Piero Tosi 1971 Best Costume Design Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia) Nominated
Piero Tosi 1973 Best Costume Design Ludwig Nominated
Milena Canonero
shared with Ulla-Britt Söderlund
1975 Best Costume Design Barry Lyndon Won
Danilo Donati 1976 Best Costume Design Il Casanova di Federico Fellini Won
Ambra Danon
Piero Tosi
1979 Best Costume Design La cage aux folles Nominated
Milena Canonero 1981 Best Costume Design Chariots of Fire Won
Piero Tosi 1982 Best Costume Design La traviata Nominated
Milena Canonero 1985 Best Costume Design Out of Africa Nominated
Anna Anni
Maurizio Millenotti
1986 Best Costume Design Otello Nominated
Milena Canonero 1988 Best Costume Design Tucker: The Man and His Dream Nominated
Gabriella Pescucci 1989 Best Costume Design The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Nominated
Milena Canonero 1990 Best Costume Design Dick Tracy Nominated
Maurizio Millenotti 1990 Best Costume Design Hamlet Nominated
Franca Squarciapino 1990 Best Costume Design Cyrano de Bergerac Won
Gabriella Pescucci 1993 Best Costume Design The Age of Innocence Won
Dante Ferretti 1998 Best Costume Design Kundun Nominated
Milena Canonero 1999 Best Costume Design Titus Nominated
Milena Canonero 2001 Best Costume Design The Affair of the Necklace Nominated
Gabriella Pescucci 2005 Best Costume Design Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Nominated
Milena Canonero 2006 Best Costume Design Marie Antoinette Won
Antonella Cannarozzi 2010 Best Costume Design I Am Love Nominated

Best Director

This list focuses on Italian-born directors.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Frank Capra
(Capra is an Italian-born American director)
1933 Best Director Lady for a Day Nominated
Frank Capra 1934 Best Director It Happened One Night Won
Frank Capra 1936 Best Director Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Won
Frank Capra 1938 Best Director You Can't Take It with You Won
Frank Capra 1939 Best Director Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Nominated
Frank Capra 1946 Best Director It's a Wonderful Life Nominated
Federico Fellini 1961 Best Director The Sweet Life (La dolce vita) Nominated
Pietro Germi 1962 Best Director Divorce, Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana) Nominated
Federico Fellini 1963 Best Director Nominated
Michelangelo Antonioni 1966 Best Director Blowup Nominated
Gillo Pontecorvo 1968 Best Director The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri) Nominated
Franco Zeffirelli 1968 Best Director Romeo and Juliet Nominated
Federico Fellini 1970 Best Director Satyricon Nominated
Bernardo Bertolucci 1973 Best Director Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi) Nominated
Federico Fellini 1975 Best Director I Remember (Amarcord) Nominated
Lina Wertmüller 1976 Best Director Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze) Nominated
Bernardo Bertolucci 1987 Best Director The Last Emperor Won
Roberto Benigni 1998 Best Director Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) Nominated

Best Documentary Film

This list focuses on Italian-born producers/directors.

Year Winner Film Status Milestone/Notes
2004 Luigi Falorni The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel) Nominated Nominated with Byambasuren Davaa

Best Editing

This list focuses on Italian-born editors.

Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1987 Gabriella Cristiani The Last Emperor Won
1991 Pietro Scalia JFK Won
1997 Pietro Scalia Good Will Hunting Nominated
1998 Simona Paggi Life Is Beautiful Nominated (original title: La vita è bella)
2000 Pietro Scalia Gladiator Nominated
2001 Pietro Scalia Black Hawk Down Won

Best Film

This list focuses on Italian-born producers.

Year Winner Film Status Milestone/Notes
1995 Gaetano Daniele The Postman (Il postino) Nominated
Mario C. Gori
Vittorio C. Gori
1998 Gianluigi Braschi Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) Nominated
Elda Ferri
2002 Alberto Grimaldi Gangs of New York Nominated Nominated with Harvey Weinstein

Best Foreign Language Film

In this category Italian films obtained 32 nominations and won 14 times.

Best Makeup

Academy Award for Best Makeup
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1989 Manlio Rocchetti Driving Miss Daisy Won Shared with Lynn Barber and Kevin Haney. The only Italian winner to win this award.
2001 Aldo Signoretti and
Maurizio Silvi
Moulin Rouge! Nominated
2006 Aldo Signoretti and
Vittorio Sodano
Apocalypto Nominated
2009 Aldo Signoretti and
Vittorio Sodano
Il Divo Nominated

Best Music (Original Score and Song)

This list focuses on Italian-born composers.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Nino Rota 1974 Best Original Score The Godfather: Part II Won
Giorgio Moroder 1978 Best Original Score Midnight Express Won
Ennio Morricone 1978 Best Original Score Days of Heaven Nominated
Giorgio Moroder 1983 Best Original Song Flashdance
"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
Won
Giorgio Moroder 1986 Best Original Song Top Gun
"Take My Breath Away"
Won
Ennio Morricone 1986 Best Original Score The Mission Nominated
Ennio Morricone 1987 Best Original Score The Untouchables Nominated
Ennio Morricone 1991 Best Original Score Bugsy Nominated
Nicola Piovani 1998 Best Original Score – Dramatic Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) Won
Ennio Morricone 2000 Best Original Score Malèna Nominated
Dario Marianelli 2005 Best Original Score Pride & Prejudice Nominated
Dario Marianelli 2007 Best Original Score Atonement Won
Dario Marianelli 2012 Best Original Score Anna Karenina Nominated

Best Short Film – Animated

This list focuses on Italian-born directors.

Year Winner Film Status Milestone/Notes
2011 Enrico Casarosa La Luna Nominated

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay

This list focuses on Italian-born screenplay writers.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Bernardo Bertolucci 1971 Best Screenplay – Adapted The Conformist (Il conformista) Nominated
Vittorio Bonicelli and
Ugo Pirro
Best Screenplay – Adapted The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini) Nominated
Ruggero Maccari and
Dino Risi
1975 Best Screenplay – Adapted Scent of a Woman (Profumo di donna) Nominated
Federico Fellini and
Bernardino Zappon
1976 Best Screenplay – Adapted Fellini's Casanova (Il Casanova di Federico Fellini) Nominated
Bernardo Bertolucci 1987 Best Screenplay – Adapted The Last Emperor Won
Anna Pavignano,
Furio Scarpelli,
Giacomo Scarpelli and
Massimo Troisi
1995 Best Screenplay – Adapted The Postman (Il postino) Nominated

Best Writing – Original Screenplay

This list focuses on Italian-born screenplay writers.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Sergio Amidei and
Federico Fellini
1946 Best Screenplay Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta) Nominated
Sergio Amidei,
Federico Fellini and
Roberto Rossellini
1949 Best Screenplay Paisà Nominated
Federico Fellini and
Tullio Pinelli
1956 Best Screenplay – Original The Road (La strada) Nominated
Federico Fellini,
Ennio Flaiano and
Tullio Pinelli
1957 Best Screenplay – Original I Vitelloni Nominated
Federico Fellini,
Ennio Flaiano,
Tullio Pinelli and
Brunello Rondi
1961 Best Screenplay – Original The Sweet Life (La dolce vita) Nominated
Ennio De Concini,
Alfredo Giannetti and
Pietro Germi
1962 Best Screenplay – Original Divorce, Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana) Won
Federico Fellini,
Ennio Flaiano,
Tullio Pinelli and
Brunello Rondi
1963 Best Screenplay – Original Nominated
Michelangelo Antonioni
Tonino Guerra
(shared with Edward Bond)
1966 Best Story and Screenplay -
Written Directly for the Screen
Blowup Nominated
Gillo Pontecorvo and
Franco Solinas
1968 Best Screenplay – Original The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri) Nominated
Nicola Badalucco
Enrico Medioli
Luchino Visconti
1969 Best Screenplay – Original The Damned (La caduta degli dei) Nominated
Elio Petri and
Ugo Pirro
1971 Best Screenplay – Original Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Nominated
Federico Fellini and
Tonino Guerra
1975 Best Screenplay – Original I Remember (Amarcord) Nominated
Roberto Benigni and
Vincenzo Cerami
1998 Best Screenplay – Original Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) Nominated







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