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as "Guido Orefice"
A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.
|Academy Award (1998)||Won||Best Actor|
|British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)||Won||Actor in a Leading Role|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)||Won||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|