//‘Broken Circle Breakdown’ Tops European Film Awards Nominations

‘Broken Circle Breakdown’ Tops European Film Awards Nominations

The Broken Circle Breakdown
“The Broken Circle Breakdown”

I think I’m growing rather fond of this awards season. Of course I say that now, knowing my growing attachment to the awards rush in general isn’t paid off by the last major awards of the season, the Oscars. Academy Awards preeminence aside, this afternoon’s announcement of the European Film Awards felt like an oddly timed, but appreciated surprise. That said, I’m very concerned about one particular omission of this morning’s nominations. Actually several omissions, meaning those of the craft awards.

In previous years the Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Composer nominations have been short, but often with their sweets. Last year Steve McQueen’s Shame took the first two of those while Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy took the latter two. Yes, they came out stateside in 2011, but other countries admittedly don’t adhere to the same strict Oscar timetable we set towards the year’s end. I’d say you can expect 12 Years a Slave to be a prominent player in next year’s craft categories, but will they even be here? I can’t imagine their absence is due to a lack of wealthy options. The Great Beauty, Blancanieves and, hey, last year’s Anna Karenina would’ve tallied some deserved nods were they in effect.


At least, it looks like they’ve been omitted on the surface. In actuality the Academy decided to forgo nominations entirely and directly award winners. In this case The Great Beauty took Editor, Blancanieves took Costume Designer, Anna Karenina took Production Designer and Ennio Morricone’s score for romantic mystery The Best Offer took the Composer prize. Well, much as I’d like to complain on behalf of the nominated films that could’ve at least received slight recognition, this process may well be for the better this year. After all, it’s not the race but the commendation of the artistic elements of filmmaking that matters. Still, the race is sorely missed in these categories.

So what’s in their place? Why the new category of European Comedy, obviously. Because European Film nominees like youth drop-out chronicle Oh Boy! and Snow White revisioning Blancanieves are just too dour and depressing. Oh wait, those could all understandably fall into the comedic bracket, but instead the films nominated for European Comedy are more overt feats of whimsy like Pedro Almodovar’s playful, but plastic I’m So Excited or Susanne Biers’ vanilla romance Love Is All You Need.  It should be noted, though, that all is not disappointing in the crop of European Film nominees.

"In the House"
“In the House”

Recent critical darlings Blue Is the Warmest Color and The Broken Circle Breakdown netted nominations in the top category, but only the latter made a dent in many of the other categories, with the former’s stars Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux both getting snubbed from the Actress field. In regards to Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix van Groeningen’s bluegrass music romance scored five nominations, the most of any this year. Possibly the most pleasing nods of the announcement were those outside the top category’s contenders. Francois Ozon’s devious, delightful and perceptive In the House landed completely deserved nods in the Director and Screenwriter categories, with star Fabrice Luchini also gaining an Actor nod for his slowly seething, yet comically self-effacing performance.

Keira Knightley and Naomi Watts got late game nods in the Actress category for Anna Karenina and The Impossible, respectively, but the standout of the field is Luminita Gheorghiu’s immanent, but crisply cracking work in the Golden Bear winning Child’s Pose. Rounding out the outlying categories are documentary sensation The Act of Killing and festival favorite The Missing Picture, both in Documentary, as well as Ari Folman’s live-action/animation hybrid fantasy The Congress, in Animated Feature. I’m possibly more interested, however, in its fellow nominees Jasmine and Pinocchio, neither of which were submitted for the animated feature Oscar, though that only reinforces my interest in seeking them out.

You can check out the full list of nominees and tech award winners below, and the European Film Awards take place on December 7th.

2013 European Film Awards Nominations

"Blue is the Warmest Color"
“Blue is the Warmest Color”


  • The Best Offer (Italy | Dir. Giuseppe Tornatore)
  • Blancanieves (Spain/France | Dir. Pablo Berger)
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium | Dir. Felix van Groeningen)
  • The Great Beauty (Italy/France | Dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
  • Oh Boy! (Germany | Dir. Jan Ole Gerster)
  • Blue is the Warmest Color (France | Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)


  • I’m So Excited (Spain | Dir. Pedro Almodovar)
  • Welcome Mr. President (Italy | Dir. Riccardo Milani)
  • Love Is All You Need (Denmark | Dir. Susanne Bier)
  • The Priest’s Children (Croatia/Serbia | Dir. Vinko Brešan)


  • Pablo Berger, Blancanieves
  • Felix van Groeningen, The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • Francois Ozon, In the House
  • Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty
  • Giuseppe Tornatore, The Best Offer


  • Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina
  • Veerle Baetens, The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Barbara Sukowa, Hannah Arendt
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Luminita Gheorghiu, Child’s Pose


  • Jude Law, Anna Karenina
  • Johan Heldenbergh, The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Fabrice Luchini, In the House
  • Toni Servillo, The Great Beauty
  • Tom Schlling, Oh Boy!


  • Tom Stoppard, Anna Karenina
  • Giuseppe Tornatore, The Best Offer
  • Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen, The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Francois Ozon, In the House
  • Paolo Sorrentino & Umberto Contarello, The Great Beauty


  • Call Girl (Dir. Mikael Marcimain)
  • Eat Sleep Die (Dir. Gabriela Pichler)
  • Miele (Dir. Valeria Golino)
  • Oh Boy! (Dir. Jan Ole Gerster)
  • The Plague (Dir. Neus Ballus)


  • The Act of Killing (Dir. Joshua Opppenheimer)
  • The Missing Picture (Dir. Rithy Panh)
  • Stop-Over (Dir. Kaveh Bakhtiari)


  • The Congress (Dir. Ari Folman)
  • Jasmine (Dir. Alain Ughetto)
  • Pinocchio (Dir. Enzo d’Aio)


  • Butter Lamp (Dir. Hu Wei)
  • Cut (Dir. Christoph Girardet & Matthias Muller)
  • Death of a Shadow (Dir. Tom Van Avermaet)
  • Houses with Small Windows (Dir. Bulent Ozturk)
  • Jump (Dir. Peter Valchanov & Kristina Grozeva)
  • Letter (Dir. Sergei Loznitsa)
  • Morning (Dir. Cathy Brady)
  • Mystery (Dir. Chema Garcia Ibarra)
  • Nuclear Waste (Dir. Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
  • Orbit Ever After (Dir. Jamie Stone)
  • A Story for the Modlins (Dir. Sergio Oksman)
  • Sunday 3 (Dir. Jochen Kuhn)
  • Though I Know the River is Dry (Dir. Omar Robert Hamilton)
  • The Waves (Dir. Miguel Fonseca)
  • Zima (Dir. Cristina Picchi)

EUROPEAN EDITOR: Cristiano Travaglioli, The Great Beauty
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Sarah Greenwood, Anna Karenina
EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER: Paco Delgado, Blancanieves
EUROPEAN COMPOSER: Ennie Morricone, The Best Offer
EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER: Matz Müller and Erik Mischijew, Paradise Faith

Which of the European Film Award nominees are you happiest about or most interested in seeing?

Born in California, resident in New Hampshire, Lena is film studies graduate with a intense passion for queer cinema, stop-motion animation and all things Greta Gerwig. Full Bio.