Life is Beautiful (4): Awards 🏆

When the film  “Life is beautiful” won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 1989, Benigni threw himself on the floor and began kissing the feet of the jury president, Martin Scorsese.
In 1999 at the 71st Academy Awards, presented by Sophia Loren. Benigni won Best Actor for his role, with the film winning two more awards for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Foreign Language Film
Benigni’s behaviour at the ceremony was memorable: he jumped on top of the seats while going to the stage to accept his first award, and upon accepting his second, he said, “This is a terrible mistake because I used up all my English.”

Here’s his amazing acceptance speech, which galvanized the audience:

 

 

🏆 “Thank you! Sophia, I leave(?) it here, the Oscar, but I want you. I want to be rocked by the waves of your beauty. Come here. Thank you! Thank you! This is a moment of joy and I want to kiss everybody because you are the maker(?) of the joy. He who kisses the joy as it flies lives in eternity sunrise, said [the] poet. And this is wonderful to be here. Wonderful! I feel like, now really, to dive in this ocean of generosity, this is too much. Your generosity, this is, uh, how do you say when the rain, the hailstorm, it’s a hailstorm of kindness, of gratitude for you.

And really I would like to thank everybody that did the movie, because without them I couldn’t fly with this movie. Everybody who did — the producer, the screenwriter Cerami, Elda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi, Nicola Piovani, Vittorio Cecchi Gori. Harvey Weinstein of Miramax Film[s], thank you very much for what you did. And also I would like to thank my parents in Vergaio, in a little village in Italy. They gave me their biggest gift, their poverty, and I want to thank for the lesson(?) of my life. Really, but thank you, Mamma and Babbo. Thank you! And thank you for your love. Because if I am here it’s because people love the movies. So, it’s always a question of love.

I would like to dedicate this prize to those, because the subject the movie, those who are not here. They gave their life in order [that] we can say, “Life is beautiful.” And I would like to also say, a kiss to Giorgio Cantarini, Giorgio, the little boy. And because we are talking love, Dante said: L’amore che muove il sole e le altre stelle — Love will move the sun and the other stars. Love is a divinity, and sometimes if you have faith, like all the divinities it can appear. That’s why I want to dedicate this prize to Nicoletta Braschi. Thank you.” 🏆

13 thoughts on “Life is Beautiful (4): Awards 🏆

      1. Sì, hai ragione, è inverosimile. Ma lo è come una qualsiasi favola che vuole dare risalto all’amore e all’ingegnosità di un padre per risparmiare al figlio la consapevolezza delle mostruosità del mondo.
        Presentando spezzoni di questo film nel corso delle mie lezioni all’Università per la Terza Età del mio paese, sono accorta che Benigni suscita le reazioni più disparate: piacere, ilarità, qualche lacrima, ma in alcuni una certa insofferenza

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  1. I never saw the movie, but I still iwonder why those things like the concentration camps could have happened. We now live in a time where the last people, wo endured such things, are going to die. What can we do t that those things will never happen again? The next generations have to be taught, what happend and how cruel mankind can be. But this will never be an easy thing!

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      1. YES LUISA, I AGREE ,UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE LIVING IN TIMES OF MANY CHANGES , MUCH TO OUR DISMAY . SO FAST EVERYTHING IS SO FAST . CAN’T WAIT FOR TRAFFIC LIGHTTO CHANGE BEFORE BEEPING HORN , CANT TAKE TIME TO COOK A HEALTHY MEAL .JUST NO PATIENCE. FIRST AUGMENT MARRIAGE IS OVER .
        THIS WAS A WONDERFUL MOVIE I MADE GENE WATCH IT WITH ME , HE LOVED IT . AND BENITO, HIS WORDS TO THE GODDESS SOFIA THAT WAS HISTORIC.🌟👍👄📷🇺🇸💯

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