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On Sunday night, “The Great Beauty” took home the Oscar for best foreign film at the 86th Academy Awards, Italy’s 11th prize in the category. The night before, “La Grande Bellezza,” as the film is titled in Italian, was honored by Bulgari at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
“Good things come from Italy,” said Giovanni Bulgari, the son of former Bulgari Group chairman Paolo Bulgari and now the chief executive officer of the family-owned fine wine label PoderNuovo a Palazzone.
“I believe it’s a good match — good movies and good wines,” Bulgari said.
Roberta Armani, Jasmine Trinca, Valeria Golino and Patricia Arquette were among those who raised a glass or two — thanks to bottles flown in from the company’s southern Tuscany estate — to toast lead actor Toni Servillo and director Paolo Sorrentino, who had already been honored alongside Martin Scorsese Friday night at Armani’s Rodeo Drive boutique.
The ceo has a personal connection to the film — longtime friend Viola Prestieri is its executive producer — but he also felt a touch of national pride in the wave of critical success that’s propelled it to recognition at the Oscars.
“I’m Roman, so I love my city, but there’s a dark side to the city also. It captures that,” Bulgari said.