The moviemaker passed away on Tuesday (19Jan16) at a hospital in Rome after falling ill on Sunday (17Jan16), according to the Associated Press.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi shared his condolences following Scola's death, tweeting that his passing "leaves an enormous hole in Italian culture."

Scola began his career as a screenwriter and made his directorial debut with Let's Talk About Women (Se permettete parliamo di donne) in 1964. A decade later, he earned international success with We All Loved Each Other So Much (C'eravamo tanto amati).

He went on to direct nearly 40 films, including A Special Day, That Night In Varennes, What Time Is It?, and Passione d'amore, which was adapted by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine into the award-winning musical Passion.

Scola was also feted with a number of accolades, including five Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film (A Special Day), and a Best Director prize at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for Ugly, Dirty & Bad.