Roberto Benigni dedicates his honorary award to his wife in an amazing acceptance speech
“Give me a few moments to dedicate a thought to a person who is at the apex of my thoughts. As Dante says “She takes my mind to heaven “.
She is here in the room tonight and she is my favorite actress: Nicoletta Braschi. To which I cannot even dedicate this award because this award is yours, it belongs to you so you will dedicate it to whoever you want.
We have been doing it all together for 40 years. How many movies have we made together? How do you measure time in movies? But… I know only one way to measure time: with you or without you.
So I can’t dedicate this to you but we can share [this Golden Lion]! I take my tail, to show you my joy, and you take the rest: above all, the wings are yours, because if at work I have sometimes taken flight it is thanks to you, your talent, your mystery, your charm, your beauty, your femininity, the fact of being a woman.
Being a woman is a mystery that we men don’t understand. Groucho Marx was right when he said “men are women who have not made it”. And that’s the truth. I couldn’t be like you, Nicoletta.
It is all thanks to your light, if something beautiful and good I have done in my life has always been crossed by your light. How much light you give off!
The first time I met you, I remember you gave off so much light that I thought that Our Lord wanted to adorn the sky with another Sun.
It was just what we call love at first sight, indeed at last sight, indeed at eternal sight.
Thank you and God bless you!”