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Edited by on July 27 2012 at 9:06 AM

Gucci is calling lights, camera action on its second annual Gucci Award for Women in Cinema in collaboration with the Venice Film Festival. This year’s jury panel, though, is sadly Franco-less since he is busy pursuing his own filmmaking career — if that’s what you want to call it

Nominees Announced for 2nd Annual Gucci Award for Women in Cinema

Madonna and Frida Giannini with last year's winner Jessica Chastain

Creative director Frida Giannini will be joined by Na’vi/actress Zoë Saldana, director/screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts dean Mary Schmidt Campbell and film journalist/curator Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan in selecting this year’s winner.

Nominees are Colleen Atwood, costume designer for Snow White and the Homewrecker Huntsman; Nadine Labaki, director of Where Do We Go Now?; Brit Marling, star of Another Earth; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, director of Saving Face; and my personal hero, the legendary Thelma Schoonmaker, editor of Hugo.

In addition, Gucci has partnered with my other personal hero, the legendary Martin Scorsese and his Film Foundation to restore Francesco Rosi‘s 40-year-old thriller Il caso Mattei., which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972.

Rosi will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at Venice and the restored version of his film will debut there on August 31, the same day that the winner of Gucci Award for Women in Cinema is announced. [WWD]

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I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail

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