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Plot, Details & Awards

Life Is Beautiful

(1997)

Rated for holocaust-related thematic elements.

In Theaters 10/23/1998 , 122min.
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Plot & Details

In this WW II tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's real-life wife). Dora likes Guido, but she remains faithful to her pompous fiancé, so Guido has an uphill struggle. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido's Jewish uncle (Giustino Durano). Leaping ahead to five years later, during WW II, Guido and Dora are married and have a son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Vincenzo Cerami Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Roberto Benigni Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Roberto Benigni Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Elda Ferri Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Dramatic Score Nicola Piovani Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film Roberto Benigni Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Gianluigi Braschi Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Simona Paggi Nominated
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Roberto Benigni Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Directors Guild of America Best Director Roberto Benigni Nominated

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Language Film Won

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor - Runner-up Roberto Benigni Won

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