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European Film Award Nominations Boost Foreign Oscar Entries 'Amour,' 'Barbara,' 'Intouchables,' 'Caesar Must Die'

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by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
November 5, 2012 11:46 AM
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Every little bit helps turn a small indie title into something a critic decides to watch ahead of something else. So the European Film Award nominations, while seemingly distant, do have impact on the awards race here, more in best picture, director, writer and actor/actress categories than foreign because that group watches films in screening rooms only.

Michael Haneke's Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Amour" (Sony Pictures Classics) led the field with six nominations, with German Oscar submission "Barbara" (Adopt FIlms), directed by Christian Petzold, Belgium's "Our Children" (our TOH! review is here), France Oscar choice "The Intouchables" (The Weinstein Co.) and the Taviani brothers' Italian Oscar entry' "Caesar Must Die" (Adopt) also earning major nominations.

Several films released last year are throw-aways from the American point-of-view: "Shame," Carnage," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (our TOH! interview with Gary Oldman is here). And Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" (Magnolia), which won Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen in Cannes (TOH! interview with Mikkelson here), won't be released in Denmark until 2013.

Highlights and link to full list below.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Malta on December 1.

EUROPEAN FILM 2012:

AMOUR (Love)

Austria/France/Germany, 127 min

Written & directed by Michael Haneke

Produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz

BARBARA

Germany, 105 min

Written & directed by Christian Petzold 

Produced by Florian Koerner von Gustorf & Michael Weber

CESARE DEVE MORIRE (Caesar Must Die)

Italy, 76 min

Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

Written by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, in collaboration with Fabio Cavalli

Produced by Grazia Volpi

INTOUCHABLES (Untouchable)

France, 108 min

Written & directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano

Produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou & Laurent Zeitoun

JAGTEN (The Hunt)

Denmark, 111 min

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Written by Thomas Vinterberg & Tobias Lindholm

Produced by Morten Kaufmann & Sisse Graum Jørgensen

SHAME

UK, 96 min

Directed by Steve McQueen

Written by Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan

Produced by Iain Canning & Emile Sherman

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan for BİR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU'DA (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)

Michael Haneke for AMOUR (Love)

Steve McQueen for SHAME

Paolo & Vittorio Taviani for CESARE DEVE MORIRE (Caesar Must Die)

Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:

Emilie Dequenne in A PERDRE LA RAISON (Our Children)

Nina Hoss in BARBARA

Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR (Love)

Margarethe Tiesel in PARADIES: LIEBE (Paradise: Love)

Kate Winslet in CARNAGE

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012:

François Cluzet & Omar Sy in INTOUCHABLES (Untouchable)

Michael Fassbender in SHAME

Mads Mikkelsen in JAGTEN (The Hunt)

Gary Oldman in TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

Jean-Louis Trintignant in AMOUR (Love)

Full list of nominees here.

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