2021 Oscars: These ‘Pinocchio’ nominations, defined

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Laurence Olivier had Shakespeare. Roberto Benigni has — Pinocchio?

The 1999 finest actor winner for “Life Is Lovely” noticed not his first however his third Pinocchio-themed film nominated Monday for 2 Oscars, within the costume design and makeup-hairstyling classes.

The most recent “Pinocchio,” which options the Italian actor as Geppetto, flew far underneath the radar when it was launched within the U.S. on Christmas Day. The actor’s first film portrayal of the picket boy marvel occurred in 2002, in a written-and-directed-by effort additionally referred to as, cleverly, “Pinocchio.”

And Benigni voiced the Head of Italy within the 2011 animated characteristic “Pistachio — the Little Boy That Woodn’t,” a retelling of (look ahead to it) “Pinocchio.”

The Benigni-as-Geppetto “Pinocchio” challenge that was nominated Monday was beforehand nominated for a 2021 Artwork Administrators Guild award for excellence in manufacturing design for a fantasy movie and a 2021 BAFTA Award for hair and make-up. The winners of these awards shall be introduced April 10 and 11, respectively.

However we can not inform a lie: Benigni himself has gotten some recognition for his marionette adventures. The actor’s 2002 “Pinocchio” was nominated for six Razzies in 2003.

Whereas it left the awards for worst image, worst director, worst screenplay, worst remake or sequel and worst couple on the desk, that “Pinocchio” — clearly not the one nominated Monday — did earn Benigni the respect of worst actor (together with Breckin Meyer) in a 12 months that included nominations for Adam Sandler in “Mr. Deeds,” Eddie Murphy in “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” and Steven Seagal in a Steven Seagal film.

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