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We Have a Pope tops Nastri d’Argento nominations

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We Have a Pope tops Nastri d’Argento nominations

With seven nods, Nanni Moretti’s We Have a Pope [+see also:
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dominates the nominations for the Italian Film Critics’ 2011 Nastri d’Argento Awards, which will be presented on Saturday June 25 at Taormina’s Teatro Antico.

Comedies nonetheless take pride of place among the films picked as this year’s finalists (five per category): indeed, with six nominations each, Luca Miniero’s Welcome to the South [+see also:
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and Massimiliano Bruno’s Nessuno Mi Può Giudicare [+see also:
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are the next two films with the most nods.

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They’re followed by Saverio Costanzo’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers [+see also:
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(five nominations) and, with four nominations, Pasquale Scimeca’s Malavoglia [+see also:
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, Claudio Cupellini’s A Quiet Life [+see also:
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, Michele’s Placido’s Angel of Evil [+see also:
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, Aureliano Amadei’s 20 Cigarettes [+see also:
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and Paolo Genovese’s two comedies The Immature [+see also:
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and La Banda dei Babbi Natale [+see also:
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.

In the Best Director category, contenders include Marco Bellocchio (Sorelle Mai [+see also:
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), Costanzo (The Solitude of Prime Numbers), Cupellini (A Quiet Life), Moretti (We Have a Pope) and Scimeca (Malavoglia).

Meanwhile, competing for Best Debut Director are Amadei (20 Cigarettes), Bruno (Nessuno Mi Può Giudicare), Ascanio Celestinis (The Black Sheep [+see also:
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), Edoardo Leo (18 Years Later [+see also:
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) and Alice Rohrwacher (Corpo Celeste [+see also:
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), with the latter still basking in her Cannes acclaim.

Best Actress nominees are Paola Cortellesi, Angela Finocchiaro, Donatella Finocchiaro, Isabella Ragonese and Alba Rohrwacher, while those for Best Actor are duo Claudio Bisio and Alessandro Siani, Raoul Bova, Kim Rossi Stuart, Toni Servillo and Emilio Solfrizzi.

Vying for Best Supporting Actress are Carolina Crescentini, Anna Foglietta, Marta Gastini, Valentina Lodovini and the duo Anita Caprioli and non-professional Pasqualina Scuncia (Corpo Celeste). Best Supporting Actor nominees are Giuseppe Battiston, Giorgio Colangeli, Geppy Gleijeses, Ricky Memphis, Maurizio Mattioli and Rocco Papaleo.

Battling it out in the Producers category are "giants" Medusa and Cattleya (Welcome to the South) and Pietro Valsecchi (What A Beautiful Day [+see also:
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), alongside Moretti and Domenico Procacci (We Have a Pope), trio Corsi-Romoli-Bonivento (20 Cigarettes) and Fabrizio Mosca (A Quiet Life; Into Paradiso [+see also:
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).

The Nastro of the Year Award will go to Mario Martone’s Italian Unification-themed We Believed [+see also:
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(winner of seven David di Donatello 2011 awards – see news), while the European Nastro Award will be presented to French actor Michel Piccoli,for his great performance in We Have a Pope.

Finally, the nominees for Best European Film are Another Year [+see also:
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by Mike Leigh, The King’s Speech [+see also:
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interview: Tom Hooper
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by Tom Hooper, In a Better World [+see also:
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by Susanne Bier, Potiche [+see also:
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by François Ozon and Of Gods and Men [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Beauvois
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by Xavier Beauvois.

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(Translated from Italian)

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