"Melancholia" Tops the European Film Awards 2011

Special awards have also been presented to Michel Piccoli, Mads Mikkelsen, Stephen Frears and producer Mariela Besuievski.
David Hudson
The DailyMelancholia

The live stream of the European Film Awards from Berlin this evening was pretty spotty, but a few fine moments came through, particularly the moment when a special honorary award was inaugurated and presented to a very surprised Michel Piccoli by Volker Schlöndorff and Bruno Ganz.

Another special award was given to producer Mariela Besuievski, Stellan Skarsgård presented the European Achievement in World Cinema Award to Mads Mikkelsen, and Stephen Frears received this year's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The full list of winners and nominees:

European Film 2011: Melancholia, Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany
Written and Directed by Lars von Trier
Produced by Meta Louise Foldager and Louise Vesth.

Also nominated:

The Artist, France
Written and Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Produced by Thomas Langmann and Emmanuel Montamat

Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike), Belgium/France/Italy
Written and Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Produced by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd and Andrea Occhipinti

Haeven (In a Better World), Denmark
Directed by Susanne Bier
Written by Anders Thomas Jensen
Produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen

The King's Speech, UK
Directed by Tom Hooper
Written by David Seidler
Produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

Le Havre, Finland/France/Germany
Written and Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Produced by Aki Kaurismäki and Karl Baumgartner

European Director 2011: Susanne Bier for Haeven (In a Better World).

Also nominated: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike), Aki Kaurismäki for Le Havre, Béla Tarr for A Torinoi Lo (The Turin Horse) and Lars von Trier for Melancholia.

European Actress 2011: Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk about Kevin.

Also nominated: Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia, Cécile de France in Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike), Charlotte Gainsbourg in Melancholia and Nadezhda Markina in Elena.

European Actor 2011: Colin Firth in The King's Speech.

Also nominated: Jean Dujardin in The Artist, Mikael Persbrandt in Haeven (In a Better World), Michel Piccoli in Habemus Papam and André Wilms in Le Havre.

European Screenwriter 2011: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike).

Also nominated: Anders Thomas Jensen for Haeven (In a Better World), Aki Kaurismäki for Le Havre and Lars von Trier for Melancholia.

Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer Award 2011: Manuel Alberto Claro for Melancholia.

Also nominated: Fred Kelemen for A Torinoi Lo (The Turin Horse), Guillaume Schiffman for The Artist and Adam Sikora for Essential Killing.

European Editor 2011: Tariq Anwar for The King's Speech.

Also nominated: Mathilde Bonnefoy for Drei (Three) and Molly Malene Stensgaard for Melancholia.

European Production Designer 2011: Jette Lehmann for Melancholia.

Also nominated: Paola Bizzarri for Habemus Papam and Antxón Gómez for La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In).

European Composer 2011: Ludovic Bource for The Artist.

Also nominated: Alexandre Desplat for The King's Speech, Alberto Iglesias for La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In) and Mihály Vig for A Torinoi Lo (The Turin Horse).


European Discovery 2011 - Prix FIPRESCI: Adem (Oxygen), Belgium/the Netherlands, written & directed by Hans Van Nuffel.

Also nominated: Atmen (Breathing), Austria, written & directed by Karl Markovics, Michael, Austria, written & directed by Markus Schleinzer, Smukke Mennesker (Nothing’s All Bad), Denmark, written & directed by Mikkel Munch-Fals, Tilva Ros, Serbia, written & directed by Nikola Ležaić.


European Film Academy Documentary 2011 - Prix ARTE: Pina, Germany, written & directed by Wim Wenders, produced by Gian-Piero Ringel & Wim Wenders.

Also nominated: Stand  van de Sterren (Position Among the Stars), the Netherlands, directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich, written by Leonard Retel Helmrich & Hetty Naaijkens, produced by Hetty Naaijkens and ¡Vivan las Antipodas!, Germany / the Netherlands / Argentina / Chile, written & directed by Victor Kossakovsky and produced by Heino Deckert.


European Film Academy Animated Feature Film 2011: Chico & Rita, Spain/Isle of Man, directed by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba.

Also nominated: Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat), France, directed by Antoine Delesvaux & Joann Sfar and Une Vie De Chat (A Cat in Paris), France/Belgium, directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol.


European Film Academy Short Film 2011: Terry Gilliam's The Wholly Family.

And the People's Choice Award goes to The King's Speech.

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