David di Donatello for Best Actor

The David di Donatello Award for Best Actor (Italian: David di Donatello per il miglior attore protagonista) is a film award presented annually by the Accademia del Cinema Italiano (ACI, Academy of Italian Cinema) to recognize the outstanding performance in a leading role of a male actor in an Italian film released during the year preceding the ceremony.[1] The award was first given in 1956, and became competitive in 1981.[2]

David di Donatello Award for Best Actor
Pierfrancesco Favino (01).jpg
Pierfrancesco Favino is the current recipient of the award (2020)
CountryItaly
Presented byAccademia del Cinema Italiano
First awarded1956 (for lead acting in films released during the 1955/1956 film season)
Currently held byPierfrancesco FavinoThe Traitor (2019)
Websitedaviddidonatello.it

Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi are the record holders in this category with seven awards each, followed by Marcello Mastroianni with five.[2][3]

Nominees and winners are selected via runoff voting by all the members of the Accademia.[4][5]

Winners and nomineesEdit

Below, winners are listed first in the colored row, followed by other nominees.[1]

 
Vittorio De Sica was the first winner in the category for his role in Scandal in Sorrento (1955).
 
Vittorio Gassman (right) is one of the only two actors to win the award seven times, from The Great War (1959) to The Family (1987).
 
Alberto Sordi won the award seven times out of eight nominations, one of the only two actors to achieve so, winning for his roles in films from The Great War (1959) to An Average Little Man (1977).
 
Marcello Mastroianni won the award five times out of six nominations, the first time for his multiple roles in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963).
 
Ugo Tognazzi won the award three times, for his roles in L'immorale (1967), La califfa (1970), and My Friends (1975).
 
Nino Manfredi won the award four times from 1969 to 1978, for his roles in I See Naked (1968), The Conspirators (1969), Bread and Chocolate (1973) and In the Name of the Pope King (1977).
 
Gian Maria Volonté won twice for his roles in Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) and Open Doors (1990), being nominated four times.
 
Giancarlo Giannini won the award four times out of seven nominations, from 1971 for The Seduction of Mimi to 2001 for I Love You Eugenio.
 
Singer and entertainer Adriano Celentano won twice from 1976 to 1980.
 
Francesco Nuti won twice for the same role, in The Pool Hustlers (1982) and Casablanca, Casablanca (1985).
 
Roberto Benigni won the award for his roles in The Little Devil (1989) and Life Is Beautiful (1997), which also earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
 
Nanni Moretti won only once out of eight nominations, for his role in The Yes Man (1991).
 
Sergio Castellitto won the award twice for his roles in The Great Pumpkin (1992) and Don't Move (2004), being nominated six times.
 
Fabrizio Bentivoglio won only once out of six nominations, for his role in An Eyewitness Account (1996).
 
Stefano Accorsi won twice out of five nominations, for Radiofreccia (1998) and Italian Race (2016).
 
Bruno Ganz won the award in 2000 for his role in Bread and Tulips, the first foreign actor to achieve so.
 
Toni Servillo won the award four times out of eight nominations, for The Consequences of Love (2004), The Girl by the Lake (2007), Il Divo (2008), and The Great Beauty (2013).
 
Silvio Orlando won in 2006 his role in The Caiman after seven nominations.
 
Elio Germano won the award three times out of four nominations, for his roles in My Brother is an Only Child (2007), La nostra vita (2010) and Leopardi (2014).
 
Valerio Mastandrea won the award twice, for The First Beautiful Thing (2010) and Balancing Act (2014), being nominated seven times.

1950sEdit

Year Actor Role(s) Film Ref.
1955/56
(1st)
Vittorio De Sica Antonio Carotenuto Scandal in Sorrento
1956/57
(2nd)
1957/58
(3rd)
1958/59
(4th)

1960sEdit

Year Actor Role(s) Film Ref.
1959/60
(5th)
Vittorio Gassman Private Giovanni Busacca The Great War
Alberto Sordi Private Oreste Jacovacci The Great War
1960/61
(6th)
Alberto Sordi Second lieutenant Alberto Innocenzi Everybody Go Home
1961/62
(7th)
Raf Vallone Edoardo "Eddie" Carbone A View from the Bridge
1962/63
(8th)
Vittorio Gassmann Bruno Cortona Il Sorpasso
1963/64
(9th)
Marcello Mastroianni Carmine Sbaratti / Renzo / Augusto Rusconi Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
1964/65
(10th)
Vittorio Gassmann Giuliano Maria Hard Time for Princes
Marcello Mastroianni Domenico Soriano Marriage Italian-Style
1965/66
(11th)
Alberto Sordi Dante Fontana Fumo di Londra
1966/67
(12th)
Vittorio Gassmann Francesco Vincenzini The Tiger and the Pussycat
Ugo Tognazzi Sergio Masini L'immorale
1967/68
(13th)
Franco Nero Captain Bellodi The Day of the Owl
1968/69
(14th)
Nino Manfredi Cacopardo / Angelo Perfili / Ercole / Voyeur / Telephone operator / Maurizio / Nanni I See Naked
Alberto Sordi Dr. Guido Tersilli Be Sick... It's Free

1970sEdit

Year Actor Role(s) Film Ref.
1969/70
(15th)
Nino Manfredi Cornacchia / Pasquino The Conspirators
Gian Maria Volonté Il Dottore, Former Head of Homicide Squad Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
1970/71
(16th)
Ugo Tognazzi Annibale Doberdò La califfa
1971/72
(17th)
Giancarlo Giannini Carmelo 'Mimì' Mardocheo The Seduction of Mimi
Alberto Sordi Giuseppe Di Noi In Prison Awaiting Trial
1972/73
(18th)
Alberto Sordi Peppino The Scientific Cardplayer
1973/74
(19th)
Nino Manfredi Giovanni 'Nino' Garofoli Bread and Chocolate
1974/75
(20th)
Vittorio Gassmann Captain Fausto Consolo Scent of a Woman
1975/76
(21st)
Adriano Celentano Felice 'Felix' Brianza The Con Artists
Ugo Tognazzi Raffaello Mascetti My Friends
1976/77
(22nd)
Alberto Sordi Giovanni Vivaldi An Average Little Man
1977/78
(23rd)
Nino Manfredi Monsignor Colombo da Priverno In the Name of the Pope King
1978/79
(24th)
Vittorio Gassman Albino Millozzi Dear Father

1980sEdit

Year Actor Role(s) Film Ref.
1979/80
(25th)
Adriano Celentano Guido Quiller Velvet Hands
1980/81
(26th)
Massimo Troisi Gaetano Ricomincio da tre
Michele Placido Berardo Viola Fontamara
Carlo Verdone Pasquale Amitrano / Furio Zoccano / Mimmo Bianco, rosso e Verdone
1981/82
(27th)
Carlo Verdone Sergio Benvenuti Talcum Powder
Beppe Grillo Giovanni Looking for Jesus
Alberto Sordi Marquess Onofrio del Grillo / Gasperino Il marchese del Grillo
1982/83
(28th)
Francesco Nuti Francesco 'Toscano' Piccioli The Pool Hustlers
Johnny Dorelli Philip Neri State buoni se potete
Marcello Mastroianni Giacomo Casanova That Night in Varennes
1983/84
(29th)
Giancarlo Giannini Salvatore Cannavacciuolo Where's Picone?
Francesco Nuti Francesco Son contento
Nanni Moretti Michele Apicella Sweet Body of Bianca
1984/85
(30th)
Francesco Nuti Francesco 'Toscano' Piccioli Casablanca, Casablanca
Ben Gazzara The forgetful man A Proper Scandal
Michele Placido Mario Vialone Pizza Connection
1985/86
(31st)
Marcello Mastroianni Pippo Botticella / Fred Ginger and Fred
Nanni Moretti Father Giulio The Mass Is Ended
Francesco Nuti Romeo Casamonica All the Fault of Paradise
1986/87
(32nd)
Vittorio Gassman Adult Carlo / Carlo's grandfather The Family
Diego Abatantuono Franco Mattioli Christmas Present
Gian Maria Volonté Aldo Moro The Moro Affair
1987/88
(33rd)
Marcello Mastroianni  Romano Dark Eyes
Philippe Noiret Dr. Athos Fadigati The Gold Rimmed Glasses
Carlo Verdone Carlo Piergentili Io e mia sorella
1988/89
(34th)
Roberto Benigni Giuditta The Little Devil
Giancarlo Giannini Francis II of the Two Sicilies 'O Re
Carlo Verdone Piero Ruffolo Compagni di scuola

1990sEdit

Year Actor Role(s) Film Ref.
1989/90
(35th)
Paolo Villaggio Prefect Gonnella The Voice of the Moon
Gian Maria Volonté Judge Vito Di Francesco Open Doors
Sergio Castellitto Paolo Little Misunderstandings
Giancarlo Giannini Giuseppe Marchi Dark Illness
Nanni Moretti Michele Apicella Red Wood Pigeon
Massimo Troisi Michele What Time Is It?
1990/91
(36th)
Nanni Moretti Cesare Botero The Yes Man
Diego Abatantuono Sergeant major Nicola Lorusso Mediterraneo
Claudio Amendola Principe Ultrà
Silvio Orlando Luciano Sandulli The Yes Man
Sergio Rubini Domenico The Station
1991/92
(37th)
Carlo Verdone Bernardo Arbusti Maledetto il giorno che t'ho incontrato
Enrico Lo Verso Officer Antonio The Stolen Children
Gian Maria Volonté Roberto Franzò Una storia semplice
1992/93
(38th)
Sergio Castellitto Dr. Arturo The Great Pumpkin
Carlo Cecchi Renato Caccioppoli Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician
Silvio Orlando Saverio Un'altra vita
1993/94
(39th)
Giulio Scarpati Judge Rosario Livatino Law of Courage
Diego Abatantuono Saint Joseph For Love, Only for Love
Nanni Moretti Nanni Caro diario
Silvio Orlando Ciro Ascarone Sud
1994/95
(40th)
Marcello Mastroianni Pereira Sostiene Pereira
Fabrizio Bentivoglio Giorgio Ambrosoli Un eroe borghese
Massimo Troisi  Mario Ruoppolo Il Postino: The Postman
1995/96
(41st)
Giancarlo Giannini Sergio Amidei Celluloide
Sergio Castellitto Giuseppe 'Joe Morelli' Romolo The Star Maker
Ennio Fantastichini Ruggero Mazzalupi August Vacation
Giancarlo Giannini Turi Arcangelo Leofonte Palermo - Milan One Way
1996/97
(42nd)
Fabrizio Bentivoglio Pietro Nava An Eyewitness Account
Claudio Amendola Claudio Braccio My Generation
Leonardo Pieraccioni Levante Quarini The Cyclone
Sergio Rubini Joystick Nirvana
Carlo Verdone Romeo Spera I'm Crazy for Iris Blond
1997/98
(43rd)
Roberto Benigni  Guido Orefice Life Is Beautiful
Nanni Moretti Himself April
Silvio Orlando Vincenzo Lipari Auguri professore
1998/99
(44th)
Stefano Accorsi Freccia Radiofreccia
Antonio Albanese Alex Drastico / Ivo Perego / Pacifico La fame e la sete
Silvio Orlando Ernesto Fuori dal mondo

2000sEdit

Year Actor Role(s) Film Ref.
1999/00
(45th)
Bruno Ganz Fernando Girasole Bread and Tulips
Stefano Accorsi Horst Fantazzini Outlaw
Fabrizio Gifuni Marco A Love
Carlo Verdone Ercole Preziosi A Chinese in a Coma
2000/01
(46th)
Luigi Lo Cascio Peppino Impastato One Hundred Steps
Stefano Accorsi Carlo The Last Kiss
Nanni Moretti Giovanni The Son's Room
2001/02
(47th)
Giancarlo Giannini Eugenio I Love You Eugenio
Luigi Lo Cascio Antonio Light of My Eyes
Toni Servillo Antonio 'Tony' Pisapia L'uomo in più
2002/03
(48th)
Massimo Girotti Davide Veroli Facing Windows
Roberto Benigni Pinocchio Pinocchio
Fabrizio Bentivoglio Carlo Ristuccia Remember Me, My Love
Sergio Castellitto Ernesto Picciafuoco My Mother's Smile
Neri Marcorè Nello Balocchi Incantato
Fabio Volo Tommaso Casomai
2003/04
(49th)
Sergio Castellitto Timoteo Don't Move
Giuseppe Battiston Romeo D'Avanzo Agata and the Storm
Luigi Lo Cascio Nicola Carati The Best of Youth
Silvio Muccino Matteo What Will Happen to Us
Carlo Verdone Gilberto Mercuri Love Is Eternal While It Lasts
2004/05
(50th)
Toni Servillo Titta Di Girolamo The Consequences of Love
Stefano Accorsi Marco Battaglia Smalltown, Italy
Giorgio Pasotti Martino After Midnight
Kim Rossi Stuart Gianni The Keys to the House
Luca Zingaretti Father Pino Puglisi Alla luce del sole
2005/06
(51st)
Silvio Orlando Bruno Bonomo The Caiman
Antonio Albanese Giordano Ricci The Second Wedding Night
Fabrizio Bentivoglio Luigi Di Santo Our Land
Kim Rossi Stuart Freddo Romanzo Criminale
Carlo Verdone Achille De Bellis My Best Enemy
2006/07
(52nd)
Elio Germano Antonio 'Accio' Benassi My Brother is an Only Child
Vincenzo Amato Salvatore Mancuso Nuovomondo
Michele Placido Muffa The Unknown Woman
Giacomo Rizzo Geremia de' Geremei The Family Friend
Kim Rossi Stuart Renato Benetti Along the Ridge
2007/08
(53rd)
Toni Servillo Commissioner Giovanni Sanzio The Girl by the Lake
Antonio Albanese Michele Days and Clouds
Lando Buzzanca Prince Giacomo Uzeda di Francalanza I Viceré
Nanni Moretti Pietro Paladini Quiet Chaos
Kim Rossi Stuart Luca Flores Piano, solo
2008/09
(54th)
Toni Servillo Giulio Andreotti Il Divo
Luca Argentero Piero Different from Whom?
Claudio Bisio Nello Si può fare
Valerio Mastandrea Stefano Nardin Non pensarci
Silvio Orlando Michele Casali Giovanna's Father

2010sEdit

Year Actor Role(s) Film Ref.
2009/10
(55th)
Valerio Mastandrea Bruno Michelucci The First Beautiful Thing
Antonio Albanese Alberto A Question of the Heart
Libero De Rienzo Giancarlo Siani Fort Apache Napoli
Kim Rossi Stuart Angelo A Question of the Heart
Filippo Timi Benito Mussolini / Benito Albino Dalser Vincere
2010/11
(56th)
Elio Germano Claudio La nostra vita
Antonio Albanese Cetto La Qualunque Qualunquemente
Claudio Bisio Alberto Colombo Benvenuti al Sud
Vinicio Marchioni Aureliano Amadei 20 Cigarettes
Kim Rossi Stuart Renato Vallanzasca Angel of Evil
2011/12
(57th)
Michel Piccoli Pope Melville We Have a Pope
Fabrizio Bentivoglio Bruno Easy!
Elio Germano Pietro Potenchiavelli Magnificent Presence
Marco Giallini Domenico Segato A Flat for Three
Valerio Mastandrea Commissioner Luigi Calabresi Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy
2012/13
(58th)
Valerio Mastandrea Giulio Balancing Act
Aniello Arena Luciano Reality
Sergio Castellitto Leone A Perfect Family
Roberto Herlitzka Professor Fiorito The Red and the Blue
Luca Marinelli Guido Every Blessed Day
Toni Servillo Enrico Oliveri / Giovanni Ernani Long Live Freedom
2013/14
(59th)
Toni Servillo Jep Gambardella The Great Beauty
Giuseppe Battiston Paolo Bressan Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot
Fabrizio Bentivoglio Dino Ossola Human Capital
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Grimaldi Miele
Edoardo Leo Pietro Zinni I Can Quit Whenever I Want
2014/15
(60th)
Elio Germano Giacomo Leopardi Leopardi
Fabrizio Ferracane Luciano Black Souls
Alessandro Gassmann Paolo Pontecorvo An Italian Name
Marco Giallini Tommaso De Luca God Willing
Riccardo Scamarcio Gaetano You Can't Save Yourself Alone
2015/16
(61st)
Claudio Santamaria Enzo Ceccotti They Call Me Jeeg
Alessandro Borghi Vittorio Don't Be Bad
Marco Giallini Rocco Perfect Strangers
Luca Marinelli Cesare Don't Be Bad
Valerio Mastandrea Lele Perfect Strangers
2016
(62nd)
Stefano Accorsi Loris De Martino Italian Race
Valerio Mastandrea Massimo Sweet Dreams
Michele Riondino Libero Worldly Girl
Sergio Rubini Oreste Campese La stoffa dei sogni
Toni Servillo Father Roberto Salus The Confessions
2017
(63rd)
Renato Carpentieri Lorenzo Tenderness
Antonio Albanese Giovanni Come un gatto in tangenziale
Alessandro Borghi Andrea Galderisi / Luca Napoli velata
Valerio Mastandrea The Man The Place
Nicola Nocella Isidoro 'Easy' Easy
2018
(64th)
Alessandro Borghi Stefano Cucchi On My Skin
Marcello Fonte Marcello Dogman
Luca Marinelli Fabrizio De André Fabrizio De André - Principe libero
Riccardo Scamarcio Matteo Euphoria
Toni Servillo Silvio Berlusconi Loro
2019
(65th)
Pierfrancesco Favino Tommaso Buscetta The Traitor
Toni Servillo Peppino Lo Cicero 5 Is the Perfect Number
Alesandro Borghi Remo The First King: Birth of an Empire
Francesco Di Leva Antonio Barracano The Mayor of Rione Sanità
Luca Marinelli Martin Eden Martin Eden

Multiple wins and nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Chronology". daviddidonatello.it (in Italian). Accademia del Cinema Italiano. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Lancia, Enrico (1998). I premi del cinema [The awards of cinema] (in Italian). Rome, Italy: Gremese Editore. pp. 251–252. ISBN 8877422211.
  3. ^ "David di Donatello: chi sono i più premiati di sempre?" [David di Donatello awards: who are the all-time most awarded?]. Sky TG24 (in Italian). 4 April 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. ^ Niola, Gabriele (12 December 2018). "Ecco i nuovi David di Donatello: nuova giuria, nuovo sistema di votazione, nuovi possibili candidati. Fuori lo streaming". Badtaste.it (in Italian). Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Regolamento". daviddidonatello.it (in Italian). Accademia del Cinema Italiano. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

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