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Rome Film Festival Awards: Scarlett Johansson Wins For Voice Role In 'Her,' Matthew McConaughey For ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ & More

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 18, 2013 9:18 AM
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While the bearing it has on the stateside awards season race is fairly minimal at the end of the day, you can bet the folks over at Warner Bros. and Focus Features are very happy with the news they received over the weekend and will be adjusting their campaigns accordingly.

The Rome Film Festival handed out their prizes on Saturday, and the biggest surprise of them all was Scarlett Johansson taking Best Actress for her voice-over role in Spike Jonze's "Her." It's not often voicework gets recognized at such a high level and we wonder if she'll get a similar Oscar push. Certainly, in our review of the film, we noted her ability to create "a fascinating and multilayered character in Samantha," the Siri-esque voice Joaquin Phoenix falls for. Meanwhile, on his inevitable road to an Oscar nomination, Matthew McConaughey nabbed Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club." 

Check out the full list of winners below. [Deadline]


Golden Marc’Aurelio Award for Best Film: Tir by Alberto Fasulo

Best Director Award: Kiyoshi Kurosawa for Sebunsu kodo (Seventh Code)

Special Jury Prize: Quod Erat Demonstrandum by Andrei Gruzsniczk

Best Actor Award: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress Award: Scarlett Johansson for Her

Award for Emerging Actor or Actress: the entire cast of Gass (Acrid)

Award for Best Technical Contribution: Koichi Takahashi for Sebunsu kodo(Seventh Code)

Award for Best Screenplay: Tayfun Pirselimoğlu for Ben o değilim (I Am Not Him)

Special Mention: Cui Jian for Lanse gutou (Blue Sky Bones)


CinemaXXI Award for Best Film (reserved for feature-length films): Nepal Forever by Aliona Polunina

CinemaXXI Special Jury Prize (reserved for feature-length films):Birmingemskij ornament 2 (Birmingham Ornament 2) by Andrey Silvestrov and Yury Leiderman

CinemaXXI Award for Short Films: Der Unfertige (The Incomplete) by Jan Soldat

Special Mention CinemaXXI Short Films: The Buried Alive Videos by Roee Rosen


Premio Doc It - Prospettive Italia Doc for the Best Italian Documentary: Dal profondo by Valentina Pedicini

Special Mention: Fuoristrada by Elisa Amoruso


Taodue Golden Camera Award for Best First/Second Film: Out of the Furnace by Scott Cooper

Taodue Award for the Best Emerging Producer: Jean Denis Le Dinahet and Sébastien Msika for Il sud è niente


BNL Audience Award for Best Film: Dallas Buyers Club by Jean-Marc Vallée

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  • Eve | November 18, 2013 9:57 AMReply

    Sounds more of a gimmick Johansson winning than actually winning for being the best actress. I think they really like the concept of a voice getting awards, so they're trying to kick start a series of wins. So in a way it doesn't feel like a legitimate win.

  • Eve | November 18, 2013 7:18 PM

    So it's impossible in your mind for people to share a similar opinion? Why does everyone on the Internet assume someone is the same person?

  • C | November 18, 2013 11:25 AM

    Eve (or should I say Dean),

    Didn't you post the same sentiment over at Deadline? You obsess over something you clearly have a negative affinity for. Too much time on your hands if you have to scope out news stories to post bitterly on.

    She's obviously doing something right and there is always a first time for everything so good for her and good for them for rewarding her.

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