Oscar-contenders ‘Ida,’ Marion Cotillard, Timothy Spall win European Film Awards

The European Film Awards, decided by the more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy, presented their winners on December 13, and their top choices include a few Oscar contenders. Among them was the film that swept the top prizes: “Ida,” which is Poland’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Ida,” a black-and-white drama about a young novitiate nun who discovers tragic family secrets involving the Nazi occupation, won Best Film, Best Director (Pawel Pawlikowski), Best Screenwriter (Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz), Best Cinematographer (Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski), and the People’s Choice Award for Best European Film.

This further boosts the profile of the film, which was just nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes. It’s also nominated for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards, won Best Foreign Film from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and surprised by winning Best Supporting Actress (Agata Kulesza) from the LA critics.

The only category “Ida” lost was Best Actress. Its two stars, Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska, were overtaken by Marion Cotillard, who plays a factory worker fighting for her job in “Two Days, One Night.” Cotillard also won Best Actress honors from the NYFCC.

Fellow critics’ darling Timothy Spall won Best Actor for his title role as famed British painter J.M.W. Turner in “Mr. Turner.” He previously won acting prizes from the NYFCC and at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance.

Best Documentary went to “Master of the Universe,” and the Best Animated Feature Film was “The Art of Happiness.” See the complete list of winners below:

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EUROPEAN FILM 2014
“Ida”
Directed by: Paweł Pawlikowski
Written by: Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Produced by: Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł & Ewa Puszczyńska

EUROPEAN COMEDY 2014
“The Mafia Only Kills on Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate)” by Pierfrancesco Diliberto

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI
“The Tribe (Plemya)” by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2014
“Master of the Universe” by Marc Bauder

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2014
“The Art of Happiness (L’arte della felicitá)” by Alessandro Rak

EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2014
“The Chicken” by Una Gunjak

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2014
Paweł Pawlikowski for “Ida”

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2014
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit)”

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2014
Timothy Spall in “Mr. Turner

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2014
Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz for “Ida”

EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER 2014 – Prix CARLO DI PALMA
Łukasz Żal & Ryszard Lenczewski for “Ida”

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2014
Justine Wright for “Locke

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2014
Claus-Rudolf Amler for “The Dark Valley (Das Finstere Tal)”

EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER 2014
Natascha Curtius-Noss for “The Dark Valley (Das Finstere Tal)”

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2014
Mica Levi for “Under the Skin

EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER 2014
Joakim Sundström for “Starred Up

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2014
Agnès Varda

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2014
Steve McQueen

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2014 – Prix EURIMAGES
Ed Guiney

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2014 for Best European Film
“Ida” by Paweł Pawlikowski

2 thoughts on “Oscar-contenders ‘Ida,’ Marion Cotillard, Timothy Spall win European Film Awards

  1. I’m wondering if Marion Cotillard can break a record in the academy awards history books by winning the bafta and the oscar without a golden globe or sag nomition.The odds are against her but can she ? Now that’s the big question ! Should she do that it would be a win for the ages !

  2. So glad for Ida. Such a powerful and haunting film. Pawlikowski at his best. So glad for Timothy Spall and Marion Cotillard as well. The latter especially delivers an acting masterclass and the fact that she didn’t even earn a nomination at SAG and Golden Globe Awards is really disheartening. If she’s not going to score a nomination at The Oscars this year, it will be simply inexcusable. Her performance speaks for itself.

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