The Italian drama "The Great Beauty" won the Oscar for best foreign language film, capping its successful awards season run in the United States and Europe.
Director Paolo Sorrentino's film about an aging writer's reflections on life and his search for meaning among Rome's idle rich also won top foreign film honors at the Golden Globes and Britain's BAFTAs.
Director Paolo Sorrentino (on the right) together with Tony Servillo protagonist of "The Great Beauty"
It was the first Oscar for Sorrentino and the 11th win for an Italian film since foreign language film became a competitive category in 1956, the most of any country. Italian films earned three additional Academy Awards before that time.
In his acceptance speech, Naples-born Sorrentino gave a nod to Italian director Federico Fellini, former Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona - who once played for Naples soccer club - his wife and the central focus of his film, Rome.
"The Great Beauty" (La Grande Bellezza) - which follows 65-year-old writer Jep Gambardella, played by Toni Servillo, through all-night parties and high-class affairs - has reminded critics of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" in its portrayal of the Italian capital's hedonistic haut monde.
The winners are:
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features)
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN: “The Great Gatsby” (Warner Bros.) Catherine Martin
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: “Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features) Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: “Mr. Hublot”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR: “Frozen” (Walt Disney) Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS: “Gravity” (Warner Bros.) Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: “Helium” (An M & M Production) by Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: “The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life” (A Reed ntertainment Production) by Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “20 Feet From Stardom” (RADiUS-TWC) A Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Production Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR: “The Great Beauty” (Janus Films) – Italy An Indigo Film Production
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING: “Gravity” (Warner Bros.) Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years A Slave” (Fox Searchlight)
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY: “Gravity” (Warner Bros.) Emmanuel Lubezki
ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING: “Gravity” (Warner Bros.) Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN:“The Great Gatsby” (Warner Bros.) Production Design: Catherine Martin; Costume Design: Beverley Dunn
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE): “Gravity” (Warner Bros.) Steven Price
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG): “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (Walt Disney) - Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “12 Years A Slave” (Fox Searchlight) Screenplay by John Ridley
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “Her” (Warner Bros.) Written by Spike Jonze
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING: “Gravity” (Warner Bros.) Alfonso Cuarón
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” (Sony Pictures Classics)
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features)
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR: “12 Years a Slave” (Fox Searchlight)
A River Road, Plan B, New Regency Production
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers