Oscars: ‘Pinocchio’ gets costume nod, Pausini up for song

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 15 – Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio got an
Oscar nomination for costumes Monday while Laura Pausini’s ‘Io
sì’ (Seen) from the latest Sophia Loren film got a nod for best
song.
    Pinocchio is a 2019 Italian fantasy film, co-written, directed
and co-produced by Garrone, and based on the 1883 classic book
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. The film stars
child actor Federico Ielapi as the title character, Roberto
Benigni as Geppetto, the late Gigi Proietti as Mangiafuoco,
Rocco Papaleo[6] and Massimo Ceccherini as The Cat and the Fox,
and Marine Vacth as the adult Fairy with Turquoise Hair.
    This was great comedian and comic actor Proietti’s final
appearance before his death in November 2020, though he made a
posthumous appearance in the film ‘Io sono Babbo Natale’ (I’m
Father Christmas). Pinocchio was a passion project for Garrone,
who drew the first storyboard of the story at the age of six.
    It is the second live-action Pinocchio film to star comic great
and Life Is Beautiful Oscar winner Benigni, following the 2002
adaptation, and the second to star Papaleo, after the 2012
animated film.
    Pinocchio was met with positive reviews from critics. It
received 15 nominations at the 2020 David di Donatello Awards,
Italy’s Oscars, winning five: Best Sets and Decorations, Best
Costumes, Best Makeup, Best Hair Design and Best Visual Effects.
    Pausini was nominated for the best song Oscar, for ‘Io sì’
(Seen), which featured in The Life Ahead, Sophia Loren’s latest
film directed by her son Edoardo Ponti. The song recently won
the Golden Globe.
    In the film Loren plays Madam Rosa, a former prostitute and
Holocaust survivor who provides childcare for the children of “working women.” After a 12-year old Senegalese street kid robs
her, she reluctantly agrees to take him in. They develop a deep
bond and she tries to help him find his way in life.
    Gianfranco Rosi’s ‘Notturno’ (Nocturne) documentary about
refugee dramas in war zones failed to make the Oscar nominations
list. (ANSA).
   

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