Oscar Movies: Divorce–Italian Style (1961)–Winner of Best Original Screenplay

The Italian comedy Divorce–Italian Style (Divorzio all’italiana), was both a critical and commercial success.

Oscar Nominations: 3

Director: Pietro Germi

Actor: Marcello Mastroianni

Screenplay (Original): Ennio De Concinni, Alfredo Giannetti, Pitero Germi


Oscar Awards: 1

Screenplay (Original)


Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Director Oscar was David Lean for “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Gregory Peck won Best Actor for “To Kill a Mockingbird.
For the first time in the Academy’s history, three of the Best Original Screenplay nominees were foreign language films, the other being Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” and Ingmar Bergman’s “Through a Glass Darkly,” which won the Best Foreign Language Oscar the previous year.

Three of the five directors were nominated for an Oscar, though their films were not; the others were Frank Perry for “David and Lisa” and Arthur Penn for “The Miracle Worker.”

Mastroianni received two more Best Actor nominations, for “A Special Day,” opposite Sophia Loren, in 1977 and for “Dark Eyes.”