Oscar Movies: Rose Tattoo, The (1955)–Starring Anna Magnani

Paramount (Hal Wallis Production)

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

Oscar Context:

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.”

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.