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European Film Award Wi -- what? Scorsesaywhat? 

I watched a bit of the European Film Awards live streaming earlier today and the first sight that greeted me was Anke Engelke looking like she'd stepped out of the Capitol to announce the next Hunger Games. The only thing she got wrong was that her hair and makeup were too demure. Tim said she looked a "teensy bit too lindt bunny" which made me giggle.

While attempting to watch the show I was pulled into an endless twitter debate about misogyny and glorification/condemnation thereof in The Wolf of Wall Street - a conversation which I expect will rage throughout awards season unless the veritable army of Scorsese stans succeeds in stamping out open discussion about the movie's merits; they're weirdly adamant that one should only do adrenaline fueled wolf howls at it which is, I don't mind saying, one of the worst things that can happen to a movie that merits any kind of considered conversation.

SOOOOOO, while I didn't make it all the way through the EFAs and am ashamed to note that I missed Catherine Deneuve's tribute altogether (argh) here are 5 thoughts from the ceremony...

1. Pedro Almodovar Tribute! A smattering of his regular actors came out (sans the biggies: Carmen & Cruz) to praise him and began singing the Pointer Sisters number "I'm So Excited" at him. Ending with the.... 

I know I know I know I know I know I want you I want you! ♫

....complete with dance floor finger pointing! I couldn't tell if he was horrified that I'm So Excited was marking his legacy (I seem to be the only person who enjoyed the movie) or bemused that his darling faces were there and I totally lost the thread of his speech... but that clip reel. Damn, is that a man a genius or what? 

2. Noomi Rapace was there, too, introducing him for some reason. Pedro quipped "My English is not as good as your Swedish"

3. Veerle Baetens won Best Actress for Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium's Oscar hopeful. You probably shouldn't bet against it in the Oscar race. I'd say it's too risque (the sex scenes are rather remarkable) and experimental for the Academy but the foreign branch, for all the online quibbles about them, has shown a tolerance for things people are always claiming this branch can't handle. As a movie it continues to grow on me possibly because its strengths are hard to forget and its faults are easy to ignore when you're NOT watching it (i.e. it's repetitions... given that it's a half hour too long and its undisciplined aesthetics). Veerle seemed to be wearing braces which you just don't see that often at awards shows. I should note that she is very sexy and beautiful in the film (and heavily believably tatted in her movie so props to the makeup team) iwhich you would never guess from this screencap. 

4. How is it possible that François Ozon is as sexy as he is? Easily the hottest movie director working. Oh, it's true. Don't even try to claim otherwise. He won screenplay for In the House, which I keep feeling terrible about missing since I like his movies and Kristin Scott Thomas.

5. Who knew that Carice van Houten was a musician in her off hours? The Dutch film (Black Book) and tv star  (Game of Thrones) sang to the crowd. For some reason the camera was swooping and zooming all over the place making me nauseous. I can't recall the last time I saw camera work that bad on an awards show. I'm not exaggerating.


Film The Great Beauty (Italy's Oscar Submission)
Comedy Love is All You Need (Denmark, Susanne Bier)
Discovery Oh Boy (Germany, which Guy Lodge memorably suggests is a Euromale version of Frances Ha. So it's a pity it wasn't Oscar submitted) 
Documentary The Act of Killing (Denmark, Oscar Doc Finalist
Animated Film Congress (not eligible for Oscar) 
Short Film Death of a Shadow (Belgium, an Oscar nominee last year

Director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty)
Actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown)
Actor Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty)
Screenwriter François Ozon (In the House)
Cinematographer Asaf Sudry (Fill the Void, Israel's Oscar submission last year
Editor Cristiano Travagliolo (The Great Beauty)
Production Designer Sarah Greenwood (Anna Karenina)
Costume Designer Paco Delgado (Blancanieves, Spain's Oscar submission last year
Composer Ennio Morricone (The Best Offer) 
Sound Designer Matz Müller & Erik Mischijew (Paradise:Faith)

DENEUVE. one of the greats and a living legend

Lifetime Achievement Catherine Deneuve (France)
World Cinema Achievement Pedro Almodovar (Spain)
CoProduction Award Ada Solomon (Child's Pose, Romania)
People's Choice The Gilded Cage (France) 


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Reader Comments (13)

Oh man, I just skipped La grande bellezza and went to see Le Week-End. Clearly not the best choice. By the way, I saw Scorsese's trailer. I feel I will loathe Leo evem more, if that's possible.

PS Fine, but Fukunaga is second and Eimbcke third.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I see Ozon and raise you Thomas Vinterberg.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

your actressexuality is showing...who won best actor?

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpar3182

The Grate Beauty - Yay!! I expect Blue to win but The Great Beauty is also an excellent choice

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertombeet

have you read belfort's novel? its incredibly misogynistic and has a somewhat questionable view of women. if thats what was portrayed in the movie its because it stayed faithful to the novel and what belfort was really like. if it had washed down, and made belfort more sympathetic, people would still complain. but the scorsese/dicaprio detractors are going to have fun on here ripping apart this movie i guess.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterha

I actually quite liked I'm So Excited as well, though I can certainly understand why people didn't, and the sexual elements are rather dodgy. But that little tribute was rather delightful, and for the first few seconds I was terrified it wouldn't be.

And Carice! So sad I missed her singing - I discovered her music career a few months ago, and she makes quite esoteric but entertaining pop music. 'You.Me.Bed.Now.' was my introduction. I do wish she could get a worldwide showcase like Black Book again.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I work in a theatre in London, and a few years ago now a Frenchman came in to buy some tickets, and I thought to myself that he was very sexy. I looked at his credit card to find his name and it was Francois Ozon. I had recently seen 5x2, so was a bit starstruck, but didn't let on. I am pleased to report that he looks good in person! I also saw In The House this year and really enjoyed it.

I also agree though, that Thomas Vinterberg is also sexy.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobMiles

Congratulations to best actor winner, Toni Servillo for The Great Beauty.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

The Great Beauty is my "growing on me" film of the year. I just love what it says and how it looks. I'm glad to see it doing well and hope it fairs well in the FL contest.

December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

par & arkaan - fixed. just a line jump. i left off Both acting prizes when i typed this up. lol.

December 7, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

La Grande Bellezza is fourth on my best film of the year list. So I won't really complain. But I would like to have seen another Award for The Broken Circle Breakdown for either film, director of screenwriter.
Of the films that have won awards I've yet to see The Best Offer, The Congress and The Gilded Cage.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRalph

@Peggy Sue, Murtada and RobMiles - all your choices are great, especially Cary Fukunaga (sorry Nat!)

I'd also add Joachim Trier - he exudes a cool magnetism and has a great smile.

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Well come on Academy, at least the nomination for La Grande Bellezza (the Great Beauty).. Please! I hope the US distributor can push it good because it' s a very good movie!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick

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