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In Case You Missed the European Film Awards...

...which you probably did. 

Jose here, happy to report that Michael Haneke's extraordinary Amour was the big winner at the European Film Awards held in Malta, winning the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Jean-Louis Tringtinant) and Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva) leaving the film one award shy of having earned the "big five", something that's never happened in the EFA's twenty five year history.

Following the film in wins were Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which swept the technical awards with two each. Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt won the award for Best Screenplay and Helen Mirren received the award for Achievement in World Cinema.

One thing I've always loved about the European Film Awards is how "odd" they are. People in America, used to the glitzy PC-ness of the Oscars and the Golden Globes, would be shocked to see how "real" and even careless their European counterparts are. This after all is the same awards show where I first saw Tahar Rahim's penis and enjoyed reactions of David Kross as he was caught playing with his iPhone.

I screencapped my favorite moments of this year's ceremony for your enjoyment: 

I loved Thomas Vinterberg's "Haneke's winning this" face, which changed - for the better - after he ended up winning this award.

As Nathaniel has pointed out in the past, he is one of the best looking filmmakers out there...

Dame Helen Mirren was the epitome of humbleness as she blushed and looked away while Michael Gambon praised the **** outta her before presenting her with the Achievement in World Cinema Award. Upon receiving it she gracefully thanked Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau and Hannah Schygulla for being actresses, and women, she aspired to be like. Don't you think it'd be a blast to have a drink with her and then talk movies? Just remember she's claimed her favorite movie of all time is L'atalante...all rising starlets take a cue from her: you can be both stunningly sexy and brilliant.

Even though Sean Bobbit won the Cinematography award for Shame I loved the film school feel of the introduction to Darius Khondji's work in Amour which was apparently shot entirely inside a studio. The presenter aptly praised Khondji for lighting the sets so well that the actors could move freely around and we never realized it wasn't real sun coming in through the windows.

Gotta love Vinterberg's "I have a shot at this, Haneke" face as they presented the Best Director award.

Haneke ended up winning Best Director (now having won every time he has been nominated and becoming EFA's reigning champ) only this time he brought a translator. In what turned to be another of his awesome Haneke-ian moments (a dry carelessness that fake Twitter account still hasn't been able to grasp) he left after finishing his speech, leaving the translator by herself onstage. 

Anke Engelke. who hosted the awards for the fourth straight time, did a hilarious sketch about how Shame was one of her all-time favorite movies because Michael Fassbender was "running around naked 90% of the time" in it. George Clooney, you're not alone in the Fassboner oggling.  

The wonderful Jean-Louis Tringtinant sent a video speech to thank the Academy for his Best Actor award. He rightfully won over the obnoxious gentlemen of The Untouchables and upset frontrunner Mads Mikkelsen who had won the Best Actor award in Cannes for his performance in The Hunt. Tringtinant's lovely screen counterpart Emmanuelle Riva couldn't pick up her Best Actress award either due to an illness :(

Amour ended up picking up four awards and as Michael Haneke picked up his Best Film award (he and Lars von Trier are now tied with three Best Films each) I couldn't help but wonder how does he come up with such bleak themes for his movies when Madame Haneke always looks SO happy for him? She smiled like no one ever does in his movies all through the night and to be honest, she totally has a Julie Christie vibe going on, no? 

Oh, before I forget, the EFA's don't ever really factor much in terms of Oscar. The last time one of their Best Film nominees won a Best Picture Oscar was never and the last Best Film winner to win a Best Foreign Language Film award was The Lives of Others in 2006. So don't expect these winners to mean anything much in terms of AMPAS, although, and this is me just being a snob, an EFA Best Director lineup is usually orgasm worthy. Curiously left out of the race this year was Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone which was elegible but received zero nominations. 

Did you see the ceremony? If so what was your favorite part? Do you think Rust and Bone will pick up some steam in our part of the world? Are you thrilled about Amour winning big?

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Reader Comments (15)

I am thrilled! I totally expected Amour to sweep and I'm so glad Shame and Tinker Tailor got very well deserved awards.

I haven't seen Hasta la Vista, the audience award winner, but I think I'll give it a try now.

PS The Rahim anecdote was is it during a clip or was it a part of his acceptance speech? :)

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I hope that at least this award to Riva serves to generate more noise about her performance and that this in turn works towards securing an Oscar nomination. No expectations, though, since we must remember Tilda (and Kiki) last year. :(

And yeah, ditto, about that Rahim's anecdote. I'm highly curious. That boy is gorgeous.

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJones

I know this is random but I just saw "Django Unchained" here in NY and I'd like to say Christoph Waltz and Production Design can really fight in the race, cinematography is also possible, but in terms of Picture/Director no. Screenplay if we're running out of screenplays to honor.

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Domanico

sad Riva was sick and unable to attend. Hope she's better soon and in US getting her nomination

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

I am beinning to feel Cotillard will be this years Kristin Scott Thomas,Tilda Swinton or Angelina Jolie someone who picks up the nods then falls at the final hurdle,i fancy Riva's chanes more than Marions and Amour is good enough for Kidman and makes her weep then Riva is in.

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermark

How is Riva's health? Any details? I can't find any news. Did they say something during the show?

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Cal Roth: She's come down with the flu. I hope it's just precaution so that she can attend the Oscars. :) She's really old, so she should really take care of herself.

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdinasztie

Would love to see Jean-Louis Trintignant nominated for an Oscar. I consider him to be the finest actor of the past 60 years who has never been nominated.

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Yes, Joseph! Without the subtle but equally powerful Trintignant,, "Amour" would be less stellar.
I'm sure he won't be nominated for the Oscars, but my best actor list will definitely include:
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Trintignant (Amour)
Lavant (Holy Motors)
Gere (Arbitrage)

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLars

I was blown away by Rust & Bone; I feel like if enough Academy voters see the film, then Marion Cotilard may be this year's Javier Bardem in 'Biutiful' -- sneaking in with a surprise nomination for a dark, bleak film.

And, Jose -- can you PLEASE provide more details of how you were able to see Tahar Rahim's penis?? I think we'd ALL like to know that!

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Rust and Bone isn'tbleak, though.

And Schoenhaerts really should be in the conversation - he's amazing. I'd totally give him and Cotillard matching nominations (ditto Trigniant and Riva)

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

I am anxious to see "Amour" when it comes to Monterey, Ca .... I do feel the female actress category is not as special as some years ... I just have a hunch her performance will touch a lot of people's hearts.

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

One of these days we'll get a post and thread where no one will misspell Jean-Louis Trintignant's name. One of these days...

December 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

You can't just throw out a blurb about seeing Tahir Rahim's penis and leave no details about it! Dish! (Hope it's not something dull like you peeked in the next stall.)

Yeah, and yay Riva!

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