European Film Awards winners: ‘Youth,’ Michael Caine, Charlotte Rampling …

This year’s 28th annual edition of the European Film Academy Awards took place in Berlin on Saturday (Dec. 12). Winners were decided by the 3,000 plus members of the academy, drawn from all parts of Europe. 

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Youth,” which led with five nominations, won Best European Film, Actor (Michael Caine) and Director (Paolo Sorrentino). Caine was also feted with an honorary award bestowed by the EFA president Wim Wenders and the board.  Sorrentino wrote the role of a retired conductor reflecting on his life for Caine and the actor is poised to become the first performer in Oscar history to be nominated in six consecutive decades. 

Charlotte Rampling was named Best European Actress for “45 Years.” And this multilingual talent was feted with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a leading contender at this year’s Oscars for her heartbreaking performance as a woman forced to examine her long marriage when she discovers a secret long hidden by her husband. 

“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Sweden’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign-Language Film, won Best European Comedy. 

The French entry and current Golden Globe nominee “Mustang” won the European Discovery award. 

Oscar frontrunner “Amy,” an unflinching look at the life and death of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, won Best European Documentary. 

And “Song of the Sea,” an Irish film that contended at last year’s Oscars won Best European Animated Feature. 

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Best European Film
“The Lobster”
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
X – “Youth

Best European Director
Malgorzata Szumowska, “Body”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”
Nanni Moretti, “Mia Madre”
Roy Andersson, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
Sebastian Schipper, “Victoria”
X – Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth”

Best European Actor
X – Michael Caine, “Youth”
Tom Courtenay, “45 Years
Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Christian Friedel, “13 Minutes”
Vincent Lindon, “The Measure of a Man”

Best European Actress
Margherita Buy, “Mia Madre”
Laia Costa, “Victoria”
X – Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Rachel Weisz, “Youth”

Best European Screenwriter
Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu, “Aferim!”
Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Andrew Haigh, “45 Years”
X – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, “The Lobster”
Roy Andersson, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth”

Best European Comedy
“The Belier Family”
“The Brand New Testament”
X – “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”

Best European Documentary
X – “Amy”
“Dancing with Maria”
“The Look of Silence”
“A Syrian Love Story”
“Toto and His Sisters”

Best European Discovery (Fipresci Prize)
“Goodnight Mommy”
X – “Mustang” 
“Slow West”
“Summers Downstairs”

Best European Animated Feature
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
X – “Song of the Sea” 

Best European Short
“Field Study”
“Kung Fury”
“Our Body”
X – “Picnic” 
“The Runner”
“Smile, and the World Will Smile Back”
“Son of the Wolf”
“Symbolic Threats”
“This Place We Call Our Home”
“The Translator”

People’s Choice Award: Best European Film
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence“
“Force Majeure“
X – “Marshland“
“Serial (Bad) Weddings“
“The Imitation Game“
“The Salt of the Earth“
“White God“

Best European Cinematographer
Martin Gschlacht, “Goodnight Mommy”

Best European Editor
Jacek Drosio, “Body”

Best European Composer
Cat’s Eyes, “The Duke of Burgundy”

Best European Costume Designer
Sarah Blenkinsop, “The Lobster”

Best European Production Designer
Sylvie Olive, “The Brand New Testament”

Best European Sound Designer
Vasco Pimentel and Miguel Martins, “Arabian Nights”

European Achievement in World Cinema (Honorary Award)
Christoph Waltz

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