Oscar nominations for The Hand of God and Luca

Sorrentino and Luca both in the running for an Oscar

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The Hand of God by Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino has been nominated for an Oscar, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced. In the animated feature film category, Luca also gets a nomination.

Paolo Sorrentino’s coming-of-age film, whose original Italian title is È stata la mano di Dio, is on of five hopefuls vying for the academy’s best international feature movie Oscar.

The 51-year-old Neapolitan director already has an Oscar for The Great Beauty, which he won in 2013.

The Hand of God

The film tells the story of a teenage boy in Naples in the 1980s. Largely autobiographical, the film stars Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo and Teresa Saponangelo.

The Hand of God reference is to the footballer Diego Maradano, and the film’s timeline spans the player’s arrival at Napoli football club to the team’s first Italian title success. During this time the young boy has to cope with the death of his parents.

The film won the Grand Jury Silver Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. It is available to stream on Netflix.


In the Animated Feature Film category, Luca is also in with the chance of an Oscar.

The film centres around Luca Paguro, a young sea monster boy who assumes human form while on land. He explores the town of Portorosso with his new best friend, Alberto Scorfano.

The director Enrique Casarosa’s childhood in Genoa inspired the film.

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