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 winners reported here are 41, adding to them the 14 Best Foreign Language Film victories, that are reported in another list, the total sum is 55. This means that Italy is the non English speaking country with most Academy Awards won.

Best Actor – Leading[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

This list focuses on Italian-born art directors.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Charles Novi

shared with Jack McConaghy

1944 Best Art Direction – Color The Desert Song Nominated
Gabriel Scognamillo

shared with Cedric Gibbons

E. Preston Ames Edward C. Carfagno Edwin B. Willis

F. Keogh Gleason Arthur Krams

Jack D. Moore

1953 Best Art Direction – Color The Story of Three Loves Nominated
Arrigo Breschi

shared wirh Hal Pereira Roland Anderson

Sam Comer

1960 Best Art Direction – Color It Started in Naples Nominated
Veniero Colasanti

Shared John Moore

1961 Best Art Direction – Color El Cid Nominated
Piero Gherardi 1961 Best Art Direction – Black-and-White The Sweet Life (La dolce vita) Nominated
Dario Simoni

shared with John Box

John Stoll

1962 Best Art Direction – Color Lawrence of Arabia Won
Piero Gherardi 1963 Best Art Direction – Black-and-White Nominated
Dario Simoni

shared with John Box Terence Marsh

1965 Best Art Direction – Color Doctor Zhivago Won
Dario Simoni

shared with John DeCuir Jack Martin Smith

1965 Best Art Direction – Color The Agony and the Ecstasy Nominated
Luigi Scaccianoce 1966 Best Art Direction – Black-and-White The Gospel According to St. Matthew Nominated
Piero Gherardi 1966 Best Art Direction – Color Juliet of the Spirits (Giulietta degli spiriti) Nominated
Mario Chiari

shared with Jack Martin Smith Ed Graves

Walter M. Scott

Stuart A. Reiss

1967 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Doctor Dolittle Nominated
Renzo Mongiardino

Giuseppe Mariani

Dario Simoni

Luigi Gervasi

Shared with John DeCuir

Elven Webb

1967 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration The Taming of the Shrew 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
Bruno Rubeo

shared with Crispian Sallis

1989 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Driving Miss Daisy Nominated
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
Ferdinando Scarfiotti

shared with Linda DeScenna

1992 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Toys Nominated
Luciana Arrighi

shared with Ian Whittaker

1992 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Howards End Won
Luciana Arrighi

shared with Ian Whittaker

1993 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration The Remains of the Day Nominated
Dante Ferretti

shared with Robert J. Franco

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
Luciana Arrighi

shared with Ian Whittaker

1999 Best Art Direction/Set Decoration Anna and the King 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[edit]

This list focuses on Italian-born cinematographers.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Tony Gaudio

shared with Harry Perry

1929 Best Cinematography Hell's Angels Nominated
Tony Gaudio 1936 Best Cinematography Anthony Adverse Won
Joseph A. Valentine 1937 Best Cinematography Wings over Honolulu Nominated
Joseph A. Valentine 1938 Best Cinematography Mad About Music Nominated
Joseph A. Valentine 1939 Best Cinematography - black and white First Love Nominated
Sol Polito 1939 Best Cinematography - color The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Nominated
Tony Gaudio 1939 Best Cinematography - black and white Juarez Nominated
Joseph A. Valentine 1940 Best Cinematography - black and white Spring Parade Nominated
Tony Gaudio 1940 Best Cinematography - black and white The Letter Nominated
Sol Polito 1941 Best Cinematography - black and white Sergeant York Nominated
Sol Polito 1942 Best Cinematography - color Captains of the Clouds Nominated
Tony Gaudio 1943 Best Cinematography - black and white Corvette K-225 Nominated
Tony Gaudio

shared with Allen M. Davey

1945 Best Cinematography - color A Song to Remember Nominated
Joseph A. Valentine

shared with William V. Skall

Winton Hoch

1948 Best Cinematography - color Joan of Arc Won
Nicholas Musuraca 1948 Best Cinematography - black and white I Remember Mama Nominated
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[edit]

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 Best Costume Design – Color Cleopatra Won
Piero Tosi 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 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 Best Costume Design – Black-and-White Il Vangelo secondo Matteo Nominated
Danilo Donati 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
Enrico Sabbatini 1986 Best Costume Design The Mission Nominated
Anna Anni
Maurizio Millenotti
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 Best Costume Design Hamlet Nominated
Franca Squarciapino 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
Milena Canonero 2014 Best Costume Design The Grand Budapest Hotel Won

Best Director[edit]

This list focuses on Italian-born directors.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Frank Borzage
(Borzage was American of Italian descent)
1927-1928 Best Director, Dramatic Picture 7th Heaven Won
Frank Capra
(Capra was 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
Vincente Minnelli
(Minnelli was American of Italian descent)
1958 Best Director Gigi Won
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 Fellini Satyricon Nominated
Bernardo Bertolucci 1973 Best Director Last Tango in Paris (Ultimo tango a Parigi) Nominated
Francis Ford Coppola
(Coppola is an American director of Italian, Lucanian, and Campanian descent)
1974 Best Director The Godfather Part II Won
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[edit]

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[edit]

This list focuses on Italian-born editors.

Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1937 Basil Wrangell The Good Earth Nominated Wrangell was an Italian born-American film editor
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[edit]

This list focuses on Italian-born producers.

Year Winner Film Status Milestone/Notes
1946 Frank Capra It's a Wonderful Life Nominated Capra was an Italian-born American producer.
1962 Morton DaCosta The Music Man Nominated DaCosta was American of Italian descent.
1965 Carlo Ponti Doctor Zhivago Nominated
1971 Philip D'Antoni The French Connection Won D'Antoni is American of Italian descent.
1974 Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather Part II Won Second Italian-American to win Best Picture. Also won for Best Director.
1995 Gaetano Daniele
Mario C. Gori
Vittorio C. Gori
The Postman (Il postino) Nominated
1997 Uberto Pasolini The Full Monty Nominated
1998 Gianluigi Braschi
Elda Ferri
Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) Nominated
2000 Donna Gigliotti Shakespeare in Love Won Third American of Italian descent to win Best Picture. Shared with David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, and Marc Norman.
2000 David Franzoni Gladiator Won Fourth American of Italian descent to win Best Picture. Shared with Douglas Wick and Branko Lustig.
2002 Alberto Grimaldi Gangs of New York Nominated Nominated with Harvey Weinstein

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

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

Year Film Result
1956 La strada Won
1957 Nights of Cabiria Won
1958 Big Deal on Madonna Street Nominated
1959 The Great War Nominated
1960 Kapò Nominated
1962 The Four Days of Naples Nominated
1963 Won
1964 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Won
1965 Marriage Italian-Style Nominated
1966 The Battle of Algiers Nominated
1968 The Girl with the Pistol Nominated
1970 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Won
1971 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Won
1974 Amarcord Won
1975 Scent of a Woman Nominated
1976 Seven Beauties Nominated
1977 A Special Day Nominated
1978 Viva Italia! Nominated
1979 To Forget Venice Nominated
1981 Three Brothers Nominated
1983 Le Bal Nominated
1987 The Family Nominated
1989 Cinema Paradiso Won
1990 Open Doors Nominated
1991 Mediterraneo Won
1995 The Star Maker Nominated
1998 Life Is Beautiful Won
2005 Don't Tell Nominated
2013 The Great Beauty Won

Best Makeup[edit]

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)[edit]

This list focuses on scores by Italian-born composers.

Name Year Award Film Result Notes
Daniele Amfitheatrof 1945 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Guest Wife Nominated
1947 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Song of the South Nominated Shared nomination with Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott.
Johnny Green 1948 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Easter Parade Won Green was American of Italian descent. Shared with Roger Edens.
Gian Carlo Menotti 1952 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture The Medium Nominated
Henry Mancini 1961 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Breakfast at Tiffany's Won Mancini was American of Italian descent (parents were Italian-born).
Johnny Green 1961 Best Scoring of a Musical Picture West Side Story Won Shared with Irwin Kostal, Saul Chaplin, and Sid Ramin.
Johnny Green 1968 Best Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) Oliver! Won
Ralph Burns 1972 Best Scoring Original Song Score or Adaptation Score Cabaret Won Burns was American of Italian descent.
Nino Rota
Carmine Coppola
1974 Best Original Dramatic Score The Godfather: Part II Won Carmine Coppola was American of Italian and Lucanian descent.
Giorgio Moroder 1978 Best Original Score Midnight Express Won
Joe Renzetti 1978 Best Adaptation Score The Buddy Holly Story Won Renzetti is American of Italian descent.
Ennio Morricone 1978 Best Original Score Days of Heaven Nominated
Ralph Burns 1979 Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score All That Jazz 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
John Corigliano 1999 Best Original Score The Red Violin Won John Corigliano is American of Italian descent.
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
Ennio Morricone 2015 Best Original Score The Hateful Eight Won

Best Music (Original Song)[edit]

This list focuses on songs by Italian-born composers and/or lyricists.

Name Year Film and Song Result Notes
Harry Warren 1946 The Harvey Girls

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

Won Warren was Italian-American. Shared with Johnny Mercer.
Henry Mancini 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's

"Moon River"

Won Mancini was American of Italian descent (parents were Italian-born). Shared with Johnny Mercer.
Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero 1963 Mondo Cane

"More"

Nominated Shared with Norman Newell
Riz Ortolani 1970 Madron

"Till Love Touches Your Life"

Nominated Shared with Arthur Hamilton
Giorgio Moroder 1983 Flashdance
"Flashdance... What a Feeling"
Won Shared with Irene Cara and Keith Forsey
Giorgio Moroder 1986 Top Gun
"Take My Breath Away"
Won Shared with Tom Whitlock
Bruce Springsteen 1993 Philadelphia
"Streets of Philadelphia"
Won Springsteen is American of Italian, as well as Irish and Dutch, descent.
Tony Renis and Alberto Testa 1998 Quest for Camelot

"The Prayer"

Nominated Shared with Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster

Best Short Film – Animated[edit]

This list focuses on Italian-born directors.

Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1965 Emanuele Luzzati La Gazza Ladra Nominated
1973 Emanuele Luzzati Pulcinella Nominated
1990 Bruno Bozzetto Cavalette Nominated
2011 Enrico Casarosa La Luna Nominated

Best Short Film – Live Action[edit]

This list focuses on Italian-born directors.

Year Name Film Status
1953 Vincenzo Lucci-Chiarissi Christ among the Primitives Nominated
1986 Stefano Reali and Pino Quartullo Exit Nominated
1996 Bernadette Carranza and Antonello De Leo Wordless (Senza parole) Nominated
2007 Andrea Jublin The Substitute (Il supplente) Nominated

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay[edit]

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[edit]

This list focuses on Italian-born screenplay writers.

Actor Year Award Film Result
Sergio Amidei
Federico Fellini
1946 Best Screenplay Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta) Nominated
Sergio Amidei
Federico Fellini
Roberto Rossellini
1949 Best Screenplay Paisà Nominated
Federico Fellini
Tullio Pinelli
1956 Best Screenplay – Original The Road (La strada) Nominated
Federico Fellini
Ennio Flaiano
Tullio Pinelli
1957 Best Screenplay – Original I Vitelloni Nominated
Federico Fellini
Ennio Flaiano
Tullio Pinelli
Brunello Rondi
1961 Best Screenplay – Original The Sweet Life (La dolce vita) Nominated
Ennio De Concini
Alfredo Giannetti
Pietro Germi
1962 Best Screenplay – Original Divorce, Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana) Won
Federico Fellini
Ennio Flaiano
Tullio Pinelli
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
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
Ugo Pirro
1971 Best Screenplay – Original Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Nominated
Federico Fellini
Tonino Guerra
1975 Best Screenplay – Original I Remember (Amarcord) Nominated
Roberto Benigni
Vincenzo Cerami
1998 Best Screenplay – Original Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella) Nominated