‘Amour’, ‘Shame’, and ‘Tinker Tailor’ Dominate European Film Awards

We’re still waiting for the American precursors to kick into more deliberate gear, with the National Board of Review and New York Film Critics set to decide their winners in the coming week. Until then we’ve had the fresh breathe of independent film awards announcements, and now one of the prominent foreign awards to count in on the action. To little surprise but plenty enthusiasm, Amour was the big winner of the ceremony, taking home all four top prizes for European Film, European Director (Michael Haneke), European Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and European Actress (Emmanuelle Riva). The film’s been a dark horse in the awards race since its Palme d’Or win at Cannes earlier this year, and though we’re still waiting to see how American audiences on large accept the film, it’s becoming more and more likely to spoil a handful of things come the morning of Oscar nominations.

Much less likely to have any affect on the current awards races, however, are the technical wins of last year’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in European Composer and European Production Design, and Shame in European Cinematographer and European Editor. Though they may feel like leftovers at this point in the game, they’re still uplifting carrots towards two films which were particularly given the cold shoulder during last awards season. The remainder of awards were distributed amongst a scattered group of lesser knowns, the most recognizable of which being The Hunt, which director Thomas Vinterberg accepted European Screenwriter for, along with Tobias Lindholm.

You can take a look at the full list of winners below, courtesy of In Contention.

2012 European Film Awards Winners

European Film of the Year
Amour

European Director of the Year
Michael Haneke, Amour

European Actress of the Year
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

European Actor of the Year
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

European Screenwriter of the Year
Thomas Vinterberg, Tobias Lindholm, The Hunt

European Cinematographer of the Year
Sean Bobbitt, Shame

European Editor of the Year
Joe Walker, Shame

European Composer of the Year
Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

European Production Designer of the Year
Maria Djurkovic, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

European Documentary of the Year
Winter Nomads

European Animated Feature of the Year
Alois Nebel

European Short Film of the Year
Superman, Spiderman or Batman

European Discovery Award
Kauwboy

Young Audience Award
Kauwboy

People’s Choice Award
Come As You Are

European Contribution to World Cinema
Helen Mirren

Lifetime Achievement Award
Bernardo Bertolucci

Prix Eurimages
Helena Danielsson (producer)

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