Saturday, December 01, 2012
The big winner of the 2012 EFA's is none other than Michael Haneke's Amour that collected four (4) awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor.
For once, absolutely agree with the European Film Academy members that once again honored Haneke as Best Director (has won 4 times) and for the first time gave him the honor for a film he directs.
These are all the winners.
European Film: Amour (Love), Michael Haneke, Austria, France and Germany
European Director: Michael Haneke for Amour (Love)
European Actress: Emmanuelle Riva in Amour (Love)
European Actor: Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour (Love)
European Screenwriter: Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg for Jagten (The Hunt)
European Editor: Joe Walker for Shame
Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer Award: Sean Bobbitt for Shame
European Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
European Composer: Alberto Iglesias for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
European Documentary: Hiver Nomade (Winter Nomads), Manuel von Stürler, Switzerland
European Animated Film: Alois Nebel, Tomáš Luňák, Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia
European Discovery - FIPRESCI Prix: Kauwboy, Boudewijn Koole, Netherlands
People's Choice Award: Hasta La Vista (Come As You Are), Geoffrey Enthoven, Belgium
Young Audience Award: Kauwboy, Boudewijn Koole, Netherlands
European Short Film: Superman, Spiderman Sau Batman (Superman, Spiderman or Batman), by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania, 11 min, fiction
European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy
European Achievement in World Cinema: Helen Mirren, UK
European Co-Production Award - Prix Euroimages: Helena Danielsson, Sweden
The ceremony felt short and even if I didn't laugh with all jokes, I did laugh with many that were dry and very dark; the best speech of the night belongs to Helen Mirren and the most emotional moment to master filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci. But the most unexpected moment was the live marriage proposal moment that made me laugh loud. I can say that I highly enjoyed the two hours ceremony for being so light and most of all, for the excellent movies that won.
I know that the outcome of these awards doesn't influence the Oscars -the joke told in the beginning of the ceremony about EFA and Americans was really good- but hope that at least influences the foreign-language committee members to honor Amour and let's hope both French actor's improve in the ranking of the many Oscar predictors.