Italian awards honor 'Slumdog,' 'Torino' as well

Political drama “Il Divo” was the big winner Saturday in this year’s Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) prizes, Italy’s oldest film awards.

Paolo Sorrentino’s look at the life of Giulio Andreotti, the Mafia-tainted seven-time Italian prime minister, scooped four prizes — thereby giving something of a comeuppance to Matteo Garrone’s rival Mafia pic “Gomorrah,” which won this year’s Silver Ribbon for best film when the shortlist was announced last month.

The director and screenplay prizes went to “Il Divo” helmer Paolo Sorrentino, while Toni Servillo, who played Andreotti, took leading actor. The producer plaudit was shared by Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano, also for “Il Divo.”

Gianni Di Gregorio drew the debuting director kudo for his gentle comedy “Midsummer Lunch,” while the special comedy award for 2009 went to Fausto Brizzi for “Ex.” Giovanna Mezzogiorno took leading actress for “Vincere.”

The Ribbon for European film outside Italy went to Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” while Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” took the non-European film nod.

The prestigious prizes, decided by Italy’s film journalists union SNGCI, were announced in Taormina, Sicily.

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