By his early 30s, Bernardo Bertolucci was already a director of world repute after two brilliant Italian movies — "The Spider's Stratagem" (1969) and his adaptation of Alberto Moravia's "The Conformist" (1970) — and his sensational English language debut, the erotic masterpiece "Last Tango in Paris" (1972).
After a series of missteps, the Italian director earned more acclaim for 1987's "The Last Emperor."
Bertolucci admitted in 1990 that his past had haunted him. "I felt I was looked at in Hollywood as somebody who was 50-50 risky — but someone who could possibly make a big success, like 'Last Tango.' "
"I was very happy at the first screening of 'The Last Emperor' in Hollywood, when several executives came up to me and said, 'Thank you, seeing this movie is like going back to why I'm in cinema. Not for the business, not for the money.' In everything they said, I felt a kind of sincerity."
|1971||Best Adapted Screenplay||The Conformist||Nomination|
|1973||Best Director||Last Tango in Paris||Nomination|
|1987||Best Director||The Last Emperor||Win|
|1987||Best Adapted Screenplay||The Last Emperor||Win*|