La Grande Bellezza wins Golden Globe

Rome movie wins Best Foreign Film at Hollywood ceremony

Paolo Sorrentino's La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) has won the Best Foreign Film award at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.

Set in Rome, the 2013 film follows Jep Gambardella (played by actor Toni Servillo), a hedonistic socialite who is forced to examine his party-filled life after his 65th birthday.

Sorrentino's film beat other movies in the foreign film category including France's Blue is the warmest colour; Denmark's The Hunt; Iran's The Past; and the Japanese animated film The wind rises.

Collecting his prize at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 12 January, Sorrentino thanked the film's stars and producers, before adding "Thank you Italy... a crazy country, but beautiful."

Sorrentino's movie has been shortlisted for the Oscars in March as well as being nominated for a BAFTA in London in February.

See Wanted in Rome review of La Grande Bellezza.