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A Prophet Leads European Film Award Nominations

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 7, 2009 at 2:01AM

The European Film Academy nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards were voted on by over 2,000 EFA members who will now choose the winners. They will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 12 in Bochum.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The European Film Academy nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards were voted on by over 2,000 EFA members who will now choose the winners. They will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 12 in Bochum.

Some nominated films are last year's news (Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader) but others do get a boost in the Oscar race, including A Prophet, submitted by France, which scored six nominations, and White Ribbon, Germany's Oscar entry, with four. Unlikely to be a factor in the Oscar race is Lars von Trier's Antichrist, which scored noms for the director, cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Of the U.S. distribs, Sony Pictures Classics is having a good day. By my count they earned 15 nominations (A Prophet, White Ribbon, Coco before Chanel, Broken Embraces), followed by IFC (Looking for Eric, Antichrist, Fish Tank, Vincere) with nine, Music Box (Seraphine, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), five, Fox Searchlight (Slumdog Millionaire), five, and Weinstein Co. three (The Reader).

Full list of nominations on the jump.

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Nominated are:

EUROPEAN FILM 2009

Fish Tank, UK
written and directed by Andrea Arnold
produced by Kees Kasander & Nick Laws
Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let the Right One in), Sweden
directed by Tomas Alfredson
written by John Ajvide Lindqvist
produced by John Nordling & Carl Molinder
Un Prophete (A Prophet), France
directed by Jacques Audiard
written by Jacques Audiard & Thomas Bidegain based on an original idea by Abdel Raouf Dafri after an original screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri & Nicolas Peufaillit
produced by Chic Films & Page 114 & Why Not Productions
The Reader (Der Vorleser), Germany, UK
directed by Stephen Daldry
written by David Hare
produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti &
Redmond Morris
Slumdog Millionaire, UK
directed by Danny Boyle
written by Simon Beaufoy
produced by Christian Colson
Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon), Germany, Austria, France, Italy
written and directed by Michael Haneke
produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz &
Andrea Occhipinti

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2009
Pedro Almodóvar for Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces)
Andrea Arnold for Fish Tank
Jacques Audiard for Un Prophete (A Prophet)
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Michael Haneke for Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
Lars von Trier for Antichrist

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2009

Moritz Bleibtreu in Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)
Steve Evets in Looking for Eric
David Kross in The Reader (Der Vorleser)
Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire
Tahar Rahim in Un Prophete (A Prophet)
Filippo Timi in Vincere

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2009
Penélope Cruz in Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces)
Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist
Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank
Yolande Moreau in Seraphine
Noomi Rapace in Män som Hatar Kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Kate Winslet in The Reader (Der Vorleser)

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2009
Jacques Audiard & Thomas Bidegain for Un Prophete (A Prophet)
Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
Gianni di Gregorio for Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch)
Michael Haneke for Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2009
Christian Berger for Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon)
Anthony Dod Mantle for Antichrist & Slumdog Millionaire
Maxim Drozdov & Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev for Bumazhny Soldat (Paper Soldier)
Stéphane Fontaine for Un Prophete (A Prophet)

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY PRIX D’EXCELLENCE 2009
Francesca Calvelli for the Editing, Vincere
Catherine Leterrier for the Costume Design, Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
Waldemar Pokromski for Make Up and Hair, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)
Brigitte Taillandier, Francis Wargnier, Jean-Paul Hurier & Marc Doisne for the Sound Design, Un Prophete (A Prophet)

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2009
Alexandre Desplat for Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)
Jakob Groth for Män som Hatar Kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Alberto Iglesias for Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces)
Johan Söderqvist for Låt den Rätte Komma In (Let the Right One in)

This article is related to: Awards, Studios, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.