Saturday, December 7, 2013

European Film Awards


When the nominees were announced last month, I meant to post them here but I forgot.  They really mean very little when scooping out Oscar, but I posted the British Independent Awards nominations here, so why not these?  Besides, the ceremony was today and these winners may actually have something to say about the state of the Foreign Film Oscar race.  As we know, 'Blue is the Warmest Color' cannot win this year because it is ineligible to be nominated (release date issues) and so we are going to have either a wide net spread this year over the possible winners or a complete out of nowhere choice, thanks to 'Blue' snagging the bulk of the critical wins.

But what about 'The Great Beauty'?  It has great reviews and it just won BIG here, even up against 'Blue is the Warmest Color'!  Early word was that 'Blue' was not eligible here either, so it's strange that it wound up with two nominations, and yet acting snubs.  And of course, Watts and Knightley were eligible for LAST year's Oscars, but these are still interesting to ponder.

You can catch all the nominees on their website here, but here they are with winners indicated.


BEST PICTURE:
The Best Offer
Blancanieves
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty*
Oh Boy!

BEST DIRECTOR:
Pablo Berger / Blancanieves
Abdellatif Kechiche / Blue is the Warmest Color
Francois Ozon / In the House
Paolo Sorrentino / The Great Beauty*
Giusseppe Tornatore / The Best Offer
Felix Van Groeingen / The Broken Circle Breakdown

BEST ACTOR:
Johan Hendelberg / The Broken Circle Breakdown
Jude Law / Anna Karenina
Fabrice Luchini / In the House
Tom Schilling / Oh Boy!
Toni Servillo / The Great Beauty*

BEST ACTRESS:
Verle Baetens / The Broken Circle Breakdown*
Luminita Gheorgiu / Child's Pose
Keira Knightley / Anna Karenina
Barbara Sukowa / Hanna Arendt
Naomi Watts / The Impossible

BEST SCREENPLAY:
Anna Karenina
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Best Offert
The Great Beauty
In the House*

BEST COMEDY:
I'm So Excited!
Love is all You Need*
The Priest's Children
Welcome Mr. President

BEST ANIMATED FILM:
The Congress*
Jasmine
Pinocchio 

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
The Act of Killing*
The Missing Picture
Stop-Over

BEST SHORT FILM:
Butter Lamp
Cut
Death of a Shadow*
Houses with Small Windows
Jump
Letter
Morning
Mystery
Nuclear Waste
Orbit Ever After
A Story for the Modlins
Sunday 3
Though I Know the River is Dry
The Waves
Zima

SPECIAL AWARDS:
Editing:  The Great Beauty
Cinematography:  Fill the Void
Production Design:  Anna Karenina
Costume Design:  Blancanieves
Score:  The Best Offer
Sound:  Paradise: Faith

Like I said, I'm not sure how much these factor into the Oscar race, if at all, but they are something to look at and pull from, and they show a block of passion and strength for a film we may not have even been considering.  I also like to see the love for 'Blancanieves' (I hope it can snag an Oscar nomination for Costumes) and we can see yet another win for 'The Act of Killing', which may position itself as the frontrunner in the Documentary race.

Any thoughts on these?

1 comment:

  1. I quickly wrote it off, but I wonder if The Great Beauty will get an Oscar nod after all. That animation win reminds me how much I want to see The Congress.

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