The European Film Awards were presented this evening in Tallinn, Estonia, and it's turned out to be a good night for Roman Polanski and The Ghost Writer. The loot: European Film (in this case, meaning "best"), Director, Screenwriter (Polanski and Robert Harris), Actor (Ewan McGregor), Composer (Alexandre Desplat) and Production Design (Albrecht Konrad).
European Actress: Sylvie Testud (for her performance in Jessica Hausner's Lourdes). The European Discovery Prix FIPRESCI, presented to a director for his or her first feature, goes to Samuel Maoz for Lebanon. Maoz noted that he was pleasantly surprised to be discovered as he nears the age of 50. The film also picked up the Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer Award for Giora Bejach.
The Documentary Prix Arte goes to Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light; Jaco van Dormael's Mr Nobody has won the People's Choice Award. Animated Feature: Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist. Editing: Luc Barnier and Marion Monnier for Olivier Assayas's Carlos. Short Film: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz's Hanoi - Warsaw.
European Film Academy president Wim Wenders got rather emotional as he presented this year's Lifetime Achievement award to Bruno Ganz. Gabriel Yared was presented with the European Achievement in World Cinema award and a Co-Production Award Prix Euroimages goes to Zeynep Özbatur Atakan. For a full list of all nominees, turn to the EFA. Update, 12/5: Nick Hasted has a full report on the evening at the Arts Desk, where Jasper Rees asks Bruno Ganz all about playing Hitler in Downfall.
Morgan Spurlock hosted the presentation of the IDA Documentary Awards last night and Lucy Walker's Waste Land won the Feature Documentary Award. Anne Thompson has the full list of winners at indieWIRE, but let's mention, too, that a Career Achievement Award went to Barbara Kopple.
At Ioncinema, Ry Russo-Young lists her top ten films of all time. More weekend scrolling: The books of the year from the Economist and the Financial Times (fiction and nonfiction) and Paste's "50 Best Albums of 2010."