European Film Awards 2011 Give Top Prize to ‘Melancholia’

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Probably the best batch of Best Picture nominees you will see this year were present at the European Film Awards last night. With films like Le Havre and Melancholia in the race for Best Film and performances like Tilda Swinton, Michel Piccoli, and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the acting categories, this proves to be an eclectic and tasteful group. They were also slightly behind as last year’s Oscar Best Picture winner The King’s Speech took in a few of last night’s awards.

The only winner that is likely to have any play in the Academy Awards race is Tilda Swinton, who took home a prize for Best European Actress, and Chico & Rita, which took home the prize for Best Animated film. The latter’s chances seem increasingly likely as it was one of 18 submissions for the Academy’s animation category in a particularly weak year. It could very well sneak in for a nomination with 5 spots to fill.

View the entire list of winners below and for a complete list of nominees check out The Daily Notebook.

European Film Awards
Winners 2011

Best European Film
Melancholia

Best European Director
Susanne Bier, In a Better World

Best European Actress
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best European Actor
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best European Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, The Kid with a Bike

Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer Award
Manuel Alberto Claro, Melancholia

Best European Documentary
Pina

European Achievement in World Cinema
Mads Mikkelson

Lifetime Achievement Award
Stephen Frears

European Co-Production Award – Prix Eurimages
Mariela Besuievsky

Best European Animated Film
Chico & Rita

Best European Editor
Tariq Anwar, The King’s Speech

Best European Production Design
Jette Lehmann, Melancholia

Best European Composer
Ludovic Bource, The Artist

European Discovery – Prix Fipresci
Oxygen
(Belgium/Netherlands), Hans Van Nuffel

People’s Choice Award
The King’s Speech

Short Film Award
The Wholly Family

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