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European Film Awards Winners: Italian Oscar Entry 'The Great Beauty' Takes Home Four (Livestream Video)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 7, 2013 at 2:58PM

The 26th European Film Awards have completed in Berlin (livestream here). Two foreign Oscar submissions took home awards: Italy's "The Great Beauty" led the field, collecting four prizes, for Best Film, Director (Paolo Sorrentino), Actor (Toni Servillo) and Editor (Cristiano Travaglioli). Veerle Baetens took home Best Actress for "The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium's Oscar entry.
Toni Servillo in "The Great Beauty."
Toni Servillo in "The Great Beauty."
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve

The 26th European Film Awards took place Saturday in Berlin. (View the livestream here.) The winners are listed in full below. "The Great Beauty" led the field, collecting four awards, for Best Film, Director (Paolo Sorrentino), Actor (Toni Servillo) and Editor (Cristiano Travaglioli) for Italy's Oscar entry. Veerle Baetens took home Best Actress for "The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium's Oscar entry.

Ari Folman won best animated feature for "The Congress"; Denmark's Susanne Bier won Best Comedy for "Love is All You Need"; and Best Documentary went to Joshua Oppenheimer's Oscar short-listed "Act of Killing," which is racking up wins. 

Ruben Alves' French/Portugese co-production  "The Gilded Cage" won the European Film Awards People's Choice Award 2013. 

Wim Wenders and Catherine Deneuve
Wim Wenders and Catherine Deneuve

The European Film Awards is a great demonstration--unlike Cannes, for example--of how English has indeed become the international language. Wim Wenders' gave a moving tribute to life achievement award winner Catherine Deneuve, who keeps us wanting to get closer to discover the secret mystery in her eyes. "That is the secret," he said. "I'm still here doing films," said Deneuve to a standing ovation. 

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar accepted the award for European Achievement in World Cinema.  

Romanian producer Ada Solomon ("Child's Pose") took home a special award celebrating a co-producer in a country experiencing a New Wave. "It always seems impossible until it's done," she quotes Nelson Mandela. "This is the award of all the co-producers and co-producing initiatives where I grew up and met my partners and the award with the people I have been sharing dreams who were convinced by my dreams and made them happen."

Pedro Almodovar
Pedro Almodovar

European Film

"The Great Beauty" (Italy/France)

European Director

Paolo Sorrentino "The Great Beauty" (Italy/France)

European Actress

Veerle Baetens "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium) 

European Actor

Toni Servillo "The Great Beauty" (Italy/France)

European Screenwriter 

Francois Ozon for "In the House" (France)

European Animated Feature Film

"The Congress" by Ari Folman (Israel/Germany/Poland/Luxembourg/France/Belgium)

European Comedy

"Love is All You Need" by Susanne Bier (Denmark)

European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI

"Oh Boy!, Jan Ole Gerster" (Germany)

European Documentary

"The Act of Killing" by Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark/Norway/UK)

"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
Tribeca "The Broken Circle Breakdown"

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, European Film Awards, Foreign, Best Foreign-Language Film

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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.