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'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 3, 2011 at 8:03PM

While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.
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Melancholia The King's Speech

While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

"Melancholia" tied Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" as the big winner -- each film earned three awards -- taking home Best Film, European Cinematographer (well deserved recognition for Manuel Alberto Claro's work) and European Production Design. While Von Trier maintained his silence, he apparently sent folks at the ceremony a "friendly wave" instead. As for 'Speech,' Colin Firth added to his trophies with Euorpean Actor, while it also earned European Editor and People's Choice Award. Other notable winners included Tilda Swinton for her turn in "We Need To Talk About Kevin," Susanne Bier nabbed European Director from her fellow Dane for "In A Better World" while Wim Wenders' 3D dance film "Pina" took the prize for European Documentary.

Meanwhile, the Dardenne brothers took the Screenplay honors for "The Kid With The Bike" and in the only prize it earned all evening, the Oscar frontrunner "The Artist" only managed a Composer win for Ludovic Bource. And Terry Gilliam fans take note, the director's "The Wholly Family" won the Short Film award.

A compelling batch of winners to be sure -- you can check out the complete list below. [THR]

EUROPEAN FILM 2011
Melancholia Dir. Lars von Trier

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2011
Susanne Bier for In a Better World

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2011
Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2011
Colin Firth in The King's Speech

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2011
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for The Kid with a Bike

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2011
Manuel Alberto Claro for Melancholia

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2011
Pina Dir. Wim Wenders

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2011
Mads Mikkelson

EFA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Stephen Frears

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD - PRIX EURIMAGES
Mariela Besuievsky

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2011
Chico & Rita Dir. Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2011
Tariq Anwar for The King's Speech

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Jette Lehmann for Melancholia

EUROPEAN COMPOSER
Ludovic Bource for The Artist

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY - PRIX FIPRESCI
Oxygen (Belgium/Netherlands) Dir. Hans Van Nuffel

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
The King's Speech

EFA SHORT FILM AWARD
The Wholly Family

This article is related to: Melancholia, The Amazing Race, Susanne Bier, Colin Firth, Tilda Swinton, The Wholly Family, Pina, Stephen Frears, Mads Mikkelsen, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, In A Better World, The King's Speech, The Artist, We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Kid With The Bike


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