The DAVID DI DONATELLO PRIZES were first awarded in Rome in the spring of spring of 1955. Instituted by a cultural club then called The Open Gate, the aim was to honour the best of each year’s Italian and foreign motion picture production, following the example of the Oscars.
Similar prizes had already existed in Italy for some ten years - the “Nastri d’argento” or Silver Ribbons - but these were assigned by film critics and journalists.
From the very first, however, the Davids were awarded by the people in the industry, the film-makers themselves: screenwriters, performers, technicians, producers.
Then as now, they were flanked by qualified members of society, especially from the liberal professions, althoughtover the years tyhese became progressively fewer as the jury panels began to number former David winners, chiefly movie personalities, which is exactly what happened with the Oscars.
The Organization, now named the David di Donatello Organization, is proted by Italy’s two major show-business institutions: Agis (Italian General Show-Business Association) and Anica (Italian National Cinema and Audiovisual Association).
It continues to operate in concert with and thanks to the contribution of the Ministry of the Performing Arts and the Ministry for Cultural Properties and Activities.
The Prizes take into consideration all the categories of the Italian cinema, besided one reserved for the best foreign film.
by Ivano De Matteo: Best Leading Actor (Valerio Mastandrea)
BEST OFFER, THE
by Giuseppe Tornatore: Best Film, Best Director, Youngs' David, Best Art Director, Best Costume Designer, Best Musician
DIAZ - DON'T CLEAN UP THIS BLOOD
by Daniele Vicari: Best Producer, Best Editing, Best Sound (Remo Ugolinell, Alessandro Palmerini), Best Visual Effects (Storyteller-Mario Zanot)
by Marco Bellocchio: Best non-leading Actress (Maya Sansa)
LONG LIVE FREEDOM
by Roberto And˛: Best non-leading Actor (Valerio Mastandrea), Best Screenplay
by Matteo Garrone: Best Cinematography, Best Make-Up (Dalia Colli), Best Hairdressing (Daniela Tartari)
|2012:|CAESAR MUST DIE
by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Producer (Grazia Volpi), Best Editor, Best Sound (Benito Alchimede, Brando Mosca)
by Francesco Bruni: Best Debut Director, Youngs' David
by Nanni Moretti: Best Leading Actor (Michel Piccoli), Best Art Director, Best Costume Designer
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
by Paolo Sorrentino: Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Musician (David Byrne), Best Original Song, Best Make-Up (Luisa Abel), Best Hairdressing (Kim Santantonio)
by Aureliano Amadei: Best Producers (Tilde Corsi, Gianni Romoli, Claudio Bonivento), Best Editor (Alessio Doglione), Best Special Effects (Rebel Alliance), Youngs' David
BASILICATA COAST TO COAST
by Rocco Papaleo: Best Debut Director, Best Supporting Actress (Valentina Lodovini), Best Musician (Rita Marcotulli), Best Original Song (Gimmi Cantucci e Max GazzÚ)
ESCORT IN LOVE
by Massimiliano Bruno: Best Leading Actress (Paola Cortellesi)
NOSTRA VITA, LA
by Daniele Luchetti: Best Director, Best Leading Actor (Elio Germano), Best Sound Recordist (Bruno Pupparo)
by Carlo Mazzacurati: Best Leading Actor (Giuseppe Battiston)
by Mario Martone: Best Film, Best Screenplay (Mario Martone, Giancarlo De cataldo), Best Cinematographer (Renato Berta), Best Art Director (Emita Frigato), Best Costume Designer (Ursula Patzak), Best Make Up Artist (Vittorio Sodano), Best Hairdresser (Aldo Signoretti)
by Giuseppe Tornatore: Best Music (Ennio Morricone)
FIRST BEAUTIFUL THING, THE
by Paolo Virzý: Best Screenplay (Paolo Virzý, Francesco Piccolo, Francesco Bruni), Best Actor (Valerio Mastandrea), Best Actress (Micaela Ramazzotti)
KISS ME AGAIN
by Gabriele Muccino: Best Original Song (by Jovanotti)
by Ferzan Ozpetek: Best Supporting Actress (Ilaria Occhini), Best Supporting Actor (Ennio Fantastichini)
MAN WHO WILL COME, THE
by Giorgio Diritti: Best Movie, Producer (Simone Bachini, Giorgio Diritti), Best Sound (Carlo Missidenti)
by Marco Bellocchio: Best Director, Cinematography (Daniele Ciprý), Editing (Francesca Calvelli), Art Direction (Marco Dentici), Costumes (Sergio Ballo), Make-up (Franco Corridoni), Hairdos (Alberta Giuliani), Special Effects (Paola Trisoglio, Stefano Marinoni - Visualogie)
by Paolo Sorrentino: Best Cinematography (Luca Bigazzi); Best Actor (Toni Servillo); Best Supporting Role Actress (Piera Degli Esposti); Best Music (Teho Teardo); Best Hair (Aldo Signorotti); Best Makeup (Vittorio Sodano); Best Visual Effects
by Matteo Garrone: Best Film; Best Director; Best Screenplpay; Best Editor (Marco Spoletini); Best Producer (Domenico Procacci); Best Song "Herculaneum"; Best Sound (Maricetta Lombardo)
|2008:|DAYS AND CLOUDS
by Silvio Soldini: Best Leading Actress (Margherita Buy), Best Supporting Actress (Alba Rohrwacher)
GIRL BY THE LAKE, THE
by Andrea Molaioli : Best Film, Best Director, Best Debut Director, Best Screenplay (Sandro Petraglia), Best Producers (Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano), Best Leading Actor (Tony Servillo), Best Cinematographer (Ramiro Civita), Best Editor (Giogi˛ Franchini), Best Sound Recordist (Alessandro Zanon), Best Special Effects (Paola Trisoglio and Stefano Marinoni for Visualogie)
by Barbara Cupisti: Best Documentary
by Antonello Grimaldi: Best Supporting Actor (Alessandro Gassman), Best Musician (Paolo Buonvino), Best Original Song (L'amore Trasparente by Ivano Fossati)
by Roberto Faenza: Best Art Director (Francesco Frigeri), Best Costume Designer (Milena Canonero), Best Make Up Artist (Gino Tamagnini), Best Hairdresser (Maria Teresa Corridoni)
|2007:|GOLDEN DOOR, THE
by Emanuele Crialese: Best Art Director
(Carlos Conti), Best Costume Design
(Mariano Tufano), Best Visual Efeects
(L’etude Et La Supervision Des Trucages - Francia)
MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD
by Daniele Luchetti: Best Screenplay
(Daniele Luchetti, Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli), Best Actor
(Elio Germano),Best Editing
(Mirco Garrone), Best Sound
by Davide Marengo: Best Original Song
"La paranza" & " Mi persi" (Daniele Silvestri)
by Alessandro Angelini : Best Producer
(Donatella Botti), Best Supporting Actor
by Giuseppe Tornatore: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress
(Ksenia Rappoport), Best Cinematography
(Fabio Zamarion), Best Music
by Nanni Moretti: Best Feature FIlm, Best Director, Best Producer, Best Actor (Silvio Orlando), Best Music (Franco Piersanti), Best Natural Sound (Alessandro Zanon)
by Michele Placido: Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Pier Francesco Favino), Best Photography (Luca Bigazzi), Best Editing (Esmeralda Calabria), Best Art Director (Paola Comencini), costume design (Nicoletta Taranta), Best Visual Effects (Proxima), David Giovani Award
by Cristina Comencini: Best Supporting Actress (Angela Finocchiaro)
GOODBYE KISS, THE
by Michele Soavi: Best Original Song ("Arrivederci Amore, Ciao" by Caterina Caselli)
by Antonio Capuano: Best Actress (Valeria Golino), Torino Piemonte Film Commission Award
by Claudio Noce: Best Short (Ex Aequo)
CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE, THE
by Paolo Sorrentino: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Tony Servillo), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
by Giovanni Veronesi: Best Supporting Actor (Carlo Verdone), Best Supporting Actress (Margherita Buy)
by Saverio Costanzo: Best Directorial Debut
by Ferzan Ozpetek: Best Actress (Barbora Bobulova), Best Set Designer (Andrea Crisanti)
by Andrea Frazzi, Antonio Frazzi: Best Producers (Rosario Rinaldo), Best Editing
|2004:|BEST OF YOUTH, THE
by Marco Tullio Giordana: Best Film, Best Director, Best Sctreenplay, Best Editing, Best Producer, Best Sound (Fulgenzio Ceccon).
by Sergio Castellitto: Best Leading Actor (Sergio Castellitto), Best Leading Actress (Penelope Cruz)
HUNDRED STEPS, THE
by Marco Tullio Giordana: Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Luigi Lo Cascio), Best Supporting Actor (Tony Sperandeo), Best Costume Design, David Scuola.
SINGING BEHIND SCREENS
by Ermanno Olmi: Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Special Effects (Ubik Visual Effects-Boss Film)
by Pippo Delbono: Best Documentary
by Pippo Mezzapesa: Best Short
by Enzo Monteleone: Best Director of Photography, Best Editor, Best Original Sound Recording
(Andrea Giorgio Moser)
by Matteo Garrone: Best Supporting Actor (Ernesto Mahieux), Best Sceenplay
by Ferzan Ozpetek: Best Film, Best Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), Best Actor (Massimo Girotto, Best Music, School Award.
by Paolo Ameli: Best Short Film (Ex Aequo)
MY MOTHER'S SMILE
by Marco Bellocchio: Best Supporting Actress (Piera Degli Esposti), Piedmont Turin Olimpica Award
by Roberto Benigni: Best Art Direction, Best Costumes
by Daniele Vicari: Best Directing Debut
by Marco Bechis: Best Supporting Actress (Stefania Sandrelli)
by Andrea Porporati: Best Sound Recording (Remo Ugolinelli)
by Luca Miniero, Paolo Genovese: Best Actress: Marina Confalone
PROFESSION OF ARMS, THE
by Ermanno Olmi: best film, best director, best screenplay, best costumes, best music, best cinematography, best set design, best producer, best editor.
by Marco Ponti: Best first-time director, Best supporting actor (Libero De Rienzo)
by Renzo Martinelli: David Scuola
by Alex Infascelli: Best First-Film Director
LAST KISS, THE
by Gabriele Muccino: Best Director, Best Producer (Domenico Procacci), Best Supporting Actress (Stefania Sandrelli), Best Editing, Best Sound (Gaetano Carito)
by Giuseppe Tornatore: Best Cinematographer
SON'S ROOM, THE
by Nanni Moretti: Best Film, Best Actress (Laura Morante), Best Music.
|2000:|BREAD AND TULIPS
by Silvio Soldini: David di Donatello Awards: Best Actor (Bruno Ganz), Best Actress (Licia Maglietta), Best Cinematography (Ex aequo), Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Sound (Maurizio Argentieri), Best Supporting Actor (Giuseppe Battiston - Ex aequo), Best Supporting Actress (Marina Massironi).
by Ricky Tognazzi: Best Cinematographer (Ex aequo), Best Art Direction, Best Music, Best Editing, David Scuola.