Lina Wertmuller. Photo souce: Cinestar Lugano, 07.06.2017 DIETRO GLI OCCHIALI BIANCHI by Valerio Ruiz.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the career awards. The gold statuette in 2020 will also awarded to the Italian director Lina Wertmuller who will be 91 years old on 14 August 2019. The Oscars will be officially presented on October 27, 2019 at the 11th Annual Governors Awards of the Academy.
The ninety-year-old “has distinguished herself in an extraordinary way throughout her career”, in 1977 she was the first woman nominated for an Oscar as best director for the film Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze), presented this year in a restored version at the last Festival of Cannes Film in the Cannes Classics section.

There will be four oscar awards to the career, in addition to Lina Wertmuller the statuette will also be presented to David Lynch, Wes Studi and Geena Davis … “four artists who have transformed the cinema industry …”.

The Academy said: “The Oscar is awarded to the director because she has distinguished herself in an extraordinary way throughout her career, and the exceptional contribution given to the cinema”.

“Known for focusing on political and social issues, Wertmuller has written and directed major films such as’ The Basilisks’ (1963) (‘I basilischi’), ‘The Seduction of Mimi’ (1972) (‘Mimì metallurgico wounded in honor ‘),’ Love and Anarchy ‘(1973) (‘ Film of love and anarchy ‘), and’ Swept Away ‘(1974) (‘ Overwhelmed by an unusual destiny in the blue sea of August ‘).

Wertmuller said: “I am very grateful for the decision to award this award to me. An award that I did not expect at all and that is why it is all the more welcome, it gives me even more pleasure. Certainly Americans, thank God, have always loved “. Adnkronos

Giancarlo Giannini commented the news to the microphones of Giuseppe Fantasia of the HuffPost: “Lina Wertmüller? He created me. If it hadn’t been for you, I wouldn’t be here and I would never have done what I did in my career. She was able to transform every idea she had into great fun and it was always a pleasure to work together and discuss the most diverse subjects. For me it was everything. ”


Lina Wertmüller, at the registry office Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spanol von Braueich (Rome, 14 August 1928). On the proposal of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers on 27 December 2018, she was awarded the title of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Awards and nominations

1963, Locarno International Film Festival. Winner of Silver Sail for Direction for The Basilisk
1964, Golden Goblets Italy. Winner of Plate for The Basilisk
1972, Cannes Film Festival. Nominated for Palme d’Or for The Seduction of Mimi
1973, Cannes Film Festival. Nominated For Palme d’Or for Love and Anarchy
1975, National Board of Review. Winner of Top Foreign Film for Swept Away
1975, Tehran International Film Festival, Winner of Golden Ibex for Swept Away
1977, Oscars. Nominated for Best Director for Seven Beauties
1977, Oscars. Nominated for Best Screenplay for Seven Beauties
1977, Directors Guild of America Awards. Nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Seven Beauties
1985, Women in Film Crystal Awards. Winner for achievement.
1986, Berlin International Film Festival, Otto Dibelius Film Award for Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime).
2008, Flaiano International Prizes. Winner of career award.
2009, Golden Globes Italy. Winner of Golden Globe for career achievement.
2010, David di Donatello Awards. Winner for career achievement.
2017, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. Best Rediscoveries for Seven Beauties.
2020, Oscars. Honorary Academy Award Recipient.


As writer and director Year Title
1963 The Lizards
1965 Let’s Talk About Men
1966 Rita the Mosquito
1967 Don’t Sting the Mosquito
1968 The Belle Starr Story
1972 The Seduction of Mimi
1973 Love and Anarchy
1974 All Screwed Up
1974 Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August
1975 Seven Beauties
1978 A Night Full of Rain
1978 Blood Feud
1983 A Joke of Destiny
1984 Softly, Softly
1986 Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime)
1986 Summer Night, with Greek Profile, Almond Eyes and Scent of Basil
1989 As Long as It’s Love
1989 The Tenth One in Hiding
1990 Saturday, Sunday and Monday
1992 Ciao, Professore!
1996 The Nymph
1996 The Blue Collar Worker and the Hairdresser in a Whirl of Sex and Politics
1999 Ferdinando and Carolina
2004 Too Much Romance… It’s Time for Stuffed Peppers

Peter Biskind. “Lina Wertmuller: The Politics of Private Life” in Film Quarterly 28, pp. 10–16 (1974–75)
Bullaro, Grace Russo. Man in Disorder – The Cinema of Lina Wertmüller in the 1970s ISBN 978-1-905886-39-5
Déléas, Josette. Lina Wertmüller – Un rire noir chaussé de lunettes blanches – a critical biography filled with anecdotes and Lina’s humor ISBN 978-1-4251-2755-8
William R. Magretta and Joan Magretta. “Lina Wertmuller and the Tradition of Italian Carnivalesque Comedy” in Genre 12, pp. 25–43. (1979)
Tiziana Masucci. I chiari di Lina (Edizioni Sabinae, Roma 2009)ISBN 978-88-96105-22-1
O’Donoghue, Darragh. “Laughter in the Dark: The Black Comedy of Lina Wertmüller.” Cineaste, Fall 2018, 15-21,78.
Jacobs, Diane and Brooks Riley. “Lina Wertmuller.” Film Comment v. 12, no. 2 (Mar, 1976): pp. 48-51, 64.
Foster, Gwendolyn. Women Film Directors: An International Bio-critical Dictionary, p. 371, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995.
Behind The White Glasses, Dir. Valerio Ruiz, Italy, 2015.


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