Three Italians nominated for Oscars
by Vittoria Scarpa
Emanuele Crialese’s dream of his film Terraferma [+see also:
film profile] being nominated for an Oscar has faded (see the news), with the only Italian candidates to the 2012 Oscars being Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret and Enrico Casarosa for the animated short La Luna,.
Ferretti and Lo Schiavo, who have already won two Oscars (with The Aviator in 2005 and Sweeney Todd in 2008), have been nominated for the scenography for Hugo Cabret in 3D – to be released in Italy on February 3 with 01 Distribution - for production design and set decoration respectively. Meanwhile, on the day before the Academy Awards (taking place Sunday, February 26), they will receive the L.A. Italia - Excellence Award 2012 within the context of the VII Italian Film, Fashion and Art Fest taking place at the Hollywood Chinese Theatre, February 19-25.
It is the first nomination, however, for Enrico Casarosa, from Genova and, an animator at Pixar, where he worked on projects including Cars, Ratatouille, Up. He is the first Italian to direct for the animation major set up by Steve Jobs. La luna (pictured) is a seven minute short with a surreal setting and a very Italian flavour which tells the story of a boy on his first trip out to sea with his grandad and his father, during which he will learn about their work and will discover wonderful things. The short will be screened before the new Disney/Pixar film Brave, for which Casarosa is one of the filmmakers and which will come out in Italy on September 5.
(Translated from Italian)