European Film Awards winners: Oscar contender ‘Toni Erdmann’ sweeps

Toni Erdmann” swept the European Film Academy Awards on Saturday (Dec. 10), winning Best Film, both writing and directing for Maren Ade and both acting trophies (Peter Simonischek, Sandra Huller) during a ceremony in Wroclaw, Poland, the European Capital of Culture 2016. It has been submitted by Germany in this year’s Oscar race for Foreign-Language Film.

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“Toni Erdmann” prevailed here against two other Oscar submissions — France’s “Elle” and Spain’s “Julieta” — along with two English language productions: Cannes champ “I, Daniel Blake” and “Room,” which contended at last year’s Oscars.

“Toni Erdmann” was the only film to reap bids across all five major categories. Winners of the 29th edition of these awards were decided by the 3,000 plus members of the academy, drawn from all parts of Europe.

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Among individual performances that merited nominations were “Elle” leading lady Isabelle Huppert and “Florence Foster Jenkins” featured fellow Hugh Grant (that film’s star Meryl Streep was ineligible for consideration as she is not European). One wonders if British films like that will be eligible in a post-Brexit Europe?

Last year “Youth” won Best European Film, Actor (Michael Caine) and Director (Paolo Sorrentino) but that awards attention did not translate into any Oscar nominations. However, Charlotte Rampling did parlay her Best European Actress win for “45 Years” into an Oscar nomination. And eventual Oscar winner “Amy” was named Best European Documentary.

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Best European Film
“Elle” (France/Germany)
I, Daniel Blake” (UK/France)
Julieta” (Spain)
Room” (Ireland/Canada)
X – “
Toni Erdmann” (Germany/Austria)

Best European Director
Paul Verhoeven, “Elle”
Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation”
Ken Loach, “I, Daniel Blake”
Pedro Almodovar, “Julieta”
X – Maren Ade, “Toni Erdmann”

Best European Actor
Rolf Lassgard, “A Man Called Ove”
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dave Johns, “I, Daniel Blake”
Burghart Klaussner, “The People Vs Fritz Bauer”
X – Peter Simonischek, “Toni Erdmann”

Best European Actress
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Emma Suarez & Adriana Ugarte, “Julieta”
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, “Like Crazy”
Trine Dyrholm, “The Commune”
X – Sandra Huller, “Toni Erdmann”

Best European Screenwriter
Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation”
Paul Laverty, “I, Daniel Blake”
Emma Donoghue, “Room”
X – Maren Ade, “Toni Erdmann”
Tomasz Wasilewski, “United States Of Love”

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Best European Comedy
X – “A Man Called Ove”
“Look Who’s Back”
“La Vache”

Best European Documentary
“21X New York”
“A Family Affair”
X – “Fire at Sea”
“Mr. Gaga”
“S Is for Stanley”
“The Land of the Enlightened”

Best European Discovery (Fipresci Prize)
“Dogs,” dir: Bogdan Mirica
“Lieberman,” dir: Jules Herrmann
“Sand Storm,” dir: Elite Zexer
X – “The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki,” dir: Juho Kuosmanen
“Thirst,” dir: Svetla Tsotsorkova

Best European Animated Feature
X – “My Life As A Zucchini”
“Psiconauts, The Forgotten Children”
“The Red Turtle”

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