Zhang Ziyi was still in Rome pushing "Love for Life" which has been delayed, horribly edited and changed from an AIDS drama to a love story. She was given the "Lancia Eleganza E Temperamento 2011 Award", the kind of thing that goes to an
actress who is willing to accept it, stay around long enough for a ceremony and have her picture taken.
The recipient also needs the upper body strength and balance to hold the boxy award in one hand while telling how humbled and pleased she is, using the microphone held in her other hand. Microphone stands must not be in use on the sun-kissed boot of Europe.
Lancia describes it in terms that are a bit flowery even for a semi-official Italian proclamation--it recognizes not only talent and beauty but also charisma and personality. Quite a package.
Coverage in of the extravaganza in English at Zimbio and Yahoo
Xinhua had rumors of trouble on the set of "Dangerous Liaisons" between Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung although everything was sweetness and light when the reporters were present. Zhang Ziyi even wore her favorite rabbit jacket: