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Polanski's Ghost Writer Scores Six at European Film Awards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 4, 2010 at 9:52AM

The European Film Awards are not predictive of Oscars. But six wins for The Ghost Writer moves the film to the top of the screener pile. Maybe some folks will watch it now. One of my favorite films of last year, it shares with Shutter Island and The Town a formal elegance and control. These films are well-made across the board. But they are also genre films, accessible and fun--as opposed to high art. That is the question. This is no The Pianist. Summit is pushing the movie for awards consideration.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The European Film Awards are not predictive of Oscars. But six wins for The Ghost Writer moves the film to the top of the screener pile. Maybe some folks will watch it now. One of my favorite films of last year, it shares with Shutter Island and The Town a formal elegance and control. These films are well-made across the board. But they are also genre films, accessible and fun--as opposed to high art. That is the question. This is no The Pianist. Summit is pushing the movie for awards consideration.

The full list of winners is below.

The Winners

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD - Prix EURIMAGES
Zeynep Özbatur Atakan

EUROPEAN COMPOSER
Alexandre Desplat for THE GHOST WRITER

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD
Giora Bejach for LEBANON

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
THE ILLUSIONIST
directed by: Sylvain Chomet

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER
Robert Harris & Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR
Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN EDITOR
Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier for CARLOS

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Albrecht Konrad for THE GHOST WRITER

THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST EUROPEAN FILM
MR. NOBODY
written and directed by Jaco van Dormael
produced by Philippe Godeau

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA
Gabriel Yared

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY - PRIX ARTE
NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (Nostalgia for the Light)
Directed by: Patricio Guzmán

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY SHORT FILM
HANOI - WARSZAWA (Hanoi - Warsaw)
by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

EUROPEAN ACTRESS
Sylvie Testud in LOURDES

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – Prix FIPRESCI
LEBANON
written & directed by Samuel Maoz
produced by Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard

EUROPEAN ACTOR
Ewan McGregor in THE GHOST WRITER

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Bruno Ganz

EUROPEAN FILM
THE GHOST WRITER
directed by Roman Polanski
written by Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
produced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski

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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.