Anna Magnani was the first Italian performer to win the Best Actress Oscar, but she won the award for an English speaking film, "The Rose Tattoo" (See Review).
Magnani received a second Best Actress nomination, also for an American film, for "Wild Is the Wind," directed by George Cukor in 1957, but the winner was Joanne Woodward for "The Three Faces of Eve."
The Rose Tattoo (1955)
Oscar Nominations: 8
Picture, produced by Hal Wallis
Actress: Anna Magnani
Supporting Actress: Marisa Pavan
Cinematography (b/w): James Wong Howe
Art Direction-Set Decoration (b/w): Hal Pereira and Tambi Larsen; Sam Comer and Arthur Krams
Costume Design (b/w): Edith Head
Film Editing: Warren Low
Scoring: Alex North
Oscar Awards: 3
Art Direction-Set Decoration
In 1955, the most nominated films were Delbert Mann's "Marty," which won, and "The Rose Tattoo," based on Tennessee Williams play and directed by the other Mann, Daniel. Most of the nominated pictures were screen adaptations of popular stage or TV plays. The other three nominees were the romantic melodrama "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" John Ford's "Mister Roberts," and "Picnic."
Italian Women at the Oscar
This was the first Oscar Award given to an Italian actress, albeit in an American film. Magnani received a second Best Actress nomination two years later for "Wild Is the Wind." Sophia Loren became the first Italian actress to win the Oscar for an Italian film, Vittorio de Sica's "Two Women," in 1961.
Best Actress Nominees 1955
The other Best Actress nominees were Susan Hayward in "I'll Cry Tomorrow," Katharine Hepburn in "Summertime," and Jennifer Jones in "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing," and Eleanor Parker in "Interrupted Melody."
Wild is the Wind (1957)
Paramount (Hal Wallis Production)
Oscar Nominations: 3
Actor: Anthony Quinn
Actress: Anna Magnani
Song: Wild is the Wind, music by Dimitri Tiomkin, lyrics by Ned Washington
In 1957, the winners of the Best Actor was Alec Guinness for "The Bridge on the River Kwai," and of the Best Actress Joanne Woodward for "The Three Faces of Eve."
Johnny Mathis made the title song a hit, but the winner of the Song Oscar was "All the Way," from "The Joker Is Wild," by Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn in a context that also included
Best Actress Nominees in 1957
The three other nominees were Deborah Kerr in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison," Elizabeth Taylor in "Raintree Country," and Lana Turner in "Peyton Place."