‘Room’ rules rome

Moretti pic, 'Kiss,' 'Steps' top Donatellos

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ROME — Mirroring this year’s Academy Awards, where three films in particular basked in the Oscar spotlight, Italy’s top film prizes, the David di Donatello Awards, honored a trio of critical and commercial successes, with best film going to “The Son’s Room” and other key prizes split between “The Last Kiss” and “The Hundred Steps.”

Considered a sure thing for a competition slot at Cannes next month, actor-director Nanni Moretti’s drama about a family devastated by loss, “The Son’s Room,” scored three awards at the ceremony held Tuesday in Rome, with prizes also going to Laura Morante (best actress) and Nicola Piovani (for the pic’s score).

But the lion’s share of trophies went to Moretti’s principal rivals, with five awards each to Gabriele Muccino’s melodrama about a group of thirtysomething friends in crisis, “The Last Kiss,” and Marco Tullio Giordana’s fact-based drama about a rebellious youth’s stand against the local Mafia in 1960s Sicily, “The Hundred Steps.”

Muccino was named best director for the commercial smash “Kiss,” which has grossed a surprising $12 million to date. Pic also earned nods for producer Domenico Procacci and supporting actress Stefania Sandrelli, as well as editing and sound. Muccino is readying his English-language debut for Miramax, a Gotham-set reworking of hit French comedy “When the Cat’s Away.”

Giordana shared the screenplay award for “Steps” with co-writers Claudio Fava and Monica Zappelli. Pic’s Luigi Lo Cascio and Tony Sperandeo were named best actor and supporting actor, respectively. “Steps” also won for costume design as well as receiving the David Scuola award, voted by a jury of 3,000 Italian high school students.

The winning triumvirate reflects a season that has done much to boost local industry morale, with audiences displaying an enthusiasm for quality homegrown films, which had been missing for decades.

The Donatello jury also named Gallic writer-director Agnes Jaoui’s comedy “The Taste of Others” best foreign film.

Career-achievement awards were presented to Hollywood actor Tony Curtis and director Martin Scorsese, as well as screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico.

And the winners are….

Film: “The Son’s Room”

Director: Gabriele Muccino, “The Last Kiss”

Debuting director: Alex Infascelli, “Almost Blue”

Producer: Domenico Procacci, “The Last Kiss”

Actor: Luigi Lo Cascio, “The Hundred Steps”

Actress: Laura Morante, “The Son’s Room”

Supporting actor: Tony Sperandeo, “The Hundred Steps”

Supporting actress: Stefania Sandrelli, “The Last Kiss”

Screenplay: Claudio Fava, Monica Zappelli, Marco Tullio Giordana, “The Hundred Steps”

Cinematography: Lajos Koltai, “Malena”

Music: Nicola Piovani, “The Son’s Room”

Art direction: Luciano Ricceri, “Unfair Competition”

Costumes: Elisabetta Montaldo, “The Hundred Steps”

Editing: Claudio Di Mauro, “The Last Kiss”

Sound: Gaetano Carito, “The Last Kiss”

Foreign film: “The Taste of Others”

David Scuola: “The Hundred Steps”

Career awards: Tony Curtis, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Martin Scorsese.

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