Loro by Paolo Sorrentino has received the highest number of nominations for the 2018 edition of the Nastri d’argento awards – the prizes awarded each year by the Italian film journalist union (SNGCI). Announced last night at the MAXXI in Rome, the new film by the Oscar-winning director will be competing in 12 categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Actress (Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci) and Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak). In the best film category, Loro will be competing against A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano, Dogman by Matteo Garrone (among the most nominated with 8 in total, including for Best Actor for the duo Marcello Fonte and Edoardo Pesce), Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino and Happy as Lazzaro by Alice Rohrwacher. Contending for the title of Best Director is Garrone, Guadagnino, Sorrentino, Paolo Franchi for Dove non ho mai abitato, Gabriele Muccino for There Is No Place Like Home, Susanna Nicchiarelli for Nico, 1988 and FerzanOzpetek for Naples in Veils.

Among the most nominated films is the musical by the Manetti Bros., Love and Bullets, with 9 nominations in total, including Best Comedy, Best Comedy Actor (Carlo Buccirosso and Giampaolo Morelli) and Best Producer. The five directors nominated for the Best Debut Director award are Dario Albertini (Manuel), Valerio Attanasio (The Handyman) Donato Carrisi (La ragazza nella nebbia), Fabio and Damiano D'Innocenzo (Boys Cry) and Annarita Zambrano (After the War). 

 As for the special Nastri awards, this year's recipients include Paolo Taviani, Paolo Virzì and Vittorio Storaro. Film journalists will also be awarding Gigi Proietti with a career achievement award and Gabriele Salvatores with a Nastro 'Argentovivo' cinema & ragazzi award, in its first edition. Cinderella the Cat will also be awarded a prize (for quality, innovation and productive courage), as well as the cast of There Is No Place Like Home by Gabriele Muccino. Francesco Vedovati (Dogman) will receive the award for Best Casting Director of the Year. The new 'Nastro dell legalità ' award will go to the TV film by Daniele Vicari, Before the Night, about the journalist Giuseppe Fava who was murdered by the mafia.

 Finally, the five technical prizes were awarded as follows: Best Photography went to Gian Filippo Corticelli for Naples in Veils, Best Screenplay went to Dimitri Capuani for Dogman, Matteo Garrone's film won the award for Best Editing (Marco Spoletini), tied with Call Me By Your Name (Walter Fasano), and for Best Live Sound (Maricetta Lombardo, also awarded for her work on The Intruder). Best Costume Design went to Nicoletta Taranta for Agadah and A Ciambra

 The 2018 Nastri d'argento Awards Ceremony is due to take place on 30 June in Taormina.