As expected, Michael Haneke's "Amour" swept the European Film Awards, winning four trophies: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Jean Louis Trintignant) and Actress (Emmanuelle Riva). Early on, it had led the contest with the most nominations, losing the prizes for screenplay to "The Hunt" (Denmark) and cinematography to "Shame" (U.K.) Haneke is a longtime darling of these kudos, having previously swept the awards for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay for "The White Ribbon" (2009) and "Hidden" (2005).
This year "Amour" prevailed as Best Picture over "Barbara" (Germany), "Caesar Must Die" (Italy), "The Hunt" (Denmark), "Intouchables" (France)and "Shame" (United Kingdom).
In all, 47 films competed for honors. Surprising omissions from this year's list of nominees included two notable snubs in the lead actress lineup: Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone") and Cannes Film Festival champs Cannes Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur ("Beyond the Hills"). The Venice festival's Best Actor Mikkel Boe Folsgaard ("A Royal Affair") was also left out.
"Amour" (France / Germany / Austria)
Michael Haneke, "Amour"
Jean-Louis Trintignant, "Amour"
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg, "The Hunt"
Sean Bobbitt, "Shame"
Joe Walker, "Shame"
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Maria Djurkovic, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
BEST MUSIC COMPOSITION
Alberto Iglesias, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY– PRIX FIPRESCI
"Kauwboy" by Boudewijn Koole (The Netherlands)
"Winter Nomads" by Manuel von Stürler (Switzerland)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"Amois Nebel" (Czech Republic / Germany / Slovakia)
BEST SHORT FILM
"Superman, Spiderman or Batman" by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania
EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD – PRIX EURIMAGES
Helena Danielsson, Sweden
EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA
Dame Helen Mirren, UK
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
"Come As You Are," directed by da Geoffrey Enthoven
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