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Nov122014

2014 European Film Awards Nominations

Manuel here bringing you some more awards talk from across the Atlantic. 

Ida, the nomination leader with 5 citationsTis the season for awards and so before we could even digest those British Independent Film Awards nominations, here come the European Film Awards to dole out their own. They bring great news to several Best Foreign Language Oscar hopefuls. Poland's Ida, Russia's Leviathan, Sweden's Force Majeure, Italy's Human Capital, Turkey's Winter Sleep, Austria's The Dark Valley, and Belgium's Two Days, One Night are all well represented. Take a look at the below-the-line categories and you'll find a number of welcome inclusions (one must give respect to any awards body which gives Mica Levi an award for her hauntingly discordant score for Under the Skin). Kudos to the TFE team who have reviewed all the films up for 2014 European Film.

27th European Film Awards Nominations

European Film 
Force Majeure
Ida
Leviathan
Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut – Volume I & II
Winter Sleep 

Catch the full list of nominations after the jump.

European Comedy 
Carmina & Amen
Le Week-End
The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer

Force Majeure garnered 2 nominations for European Film and European Director

European Director 
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Winter Sleep 
Steven Knight, Locke
Ruben Ostlund, Force Majeure
Paweł Pawlikowski, Ida
Paolo Virzì, Human Capital
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Leviathan

European Actress 
Marian Alvarez, Wounded
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Human Capital
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut – Volume I & II 
Agata Kulesza, Ida
Agata Trzebuchowska, Ida

Cotillard nabs her first nomination since La Vie en Rose (she lost that year to The Queen's Helen Mirren)

European Actor 
Brendan Gleeson, Calvary
Tom Hardy, Locke
Alexey Serebryakov, Leviathan
Stellan Skarsgard, Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut – Volume I & II 
Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner 

European Screenwriter 
Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Winter Sleep 
Jean-Pierre, Luc Dardenne, Two Days, One Night
Steven Knight, Locke
Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Leviathan
Pawel Pawikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Ida 

Leviathan nabbed four nominations

European Documentaries
Just the Right Amount of Violence
Master of the Universe
Of Men and War
Sacro Gra
Waiting For August
We Come As Friends

European Discoveries 
10,000 KM
71
Party Girl
The Tribe
Wounded

European Animated Feature Film
Jack and the Cuckoo-clock Heart
Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants
The Art of Happiness

AWARDS 

European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 
Łukasz Żal, Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida

European Editor 
Justine Wright, Locke 

European Production Designer 
Claus-Rudolf Amler, The Dark Valley 

European Costume Designer 
Natascha Curtius-Noss, The Dark Valley 

Love that Under the Skin is cited for its moody score

European Composer 
Mica Levi, Under the Skin 

European Sound Designer
Joakim Sundstrom, Starred Up

Lifetime Achievement Award
Agnes Varda 

European Achievement in World Cinema
Steve McQueen

Which nomination are you most excited about? I want to hear from readers across the pond; what films/names missed the cut? Do you have any theories as to what it is it about the Oscar-winning actresses of 2007 (Cotillard and Swinton) who keep giving us wonderful performances destined to be ignored by the Academy? 

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Reader Comments (15)

Mica Levi's a her, btw :-) And very glad to see her nominated for her amazing work.

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHelena

The "Under the Skin" score is amazing and memorable; much of the horrific creepiness of that film comes from the score. I'm glad to see Agata Kulesza for "Ida" here. Her cynical, tragic Wanda is perhaps my favorite performance so far this year. Just thinking about her last scene makes the pre-tears spring to my eyes.

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOwen Walter

Owen; I have yet to catch Ida though it's definitely up on my Must Watch List before the year ends!

Helena: This is what happens when one is writing too fast! Thanks for catching the pronoun mixup!

November 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterManuel Betancourt

Cotillard did win an Oscar for La Vie en Rose. Mirren won the year before.

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFC

I would strongly recommend Carmina y amén (and the previous Carmina y revienta) to anyone who loved Volver. Fabulous mix of professional and amateur actresses with glorious faces.

To all the Cotillard fans out there: We must make up our minds that Kulesza is totally going to win.

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

FC, you are correct, but I was talking about European Film Awards. Because of tricky release dates, Cotillard and Mirren were nominated the same year at these awards with Mirren winning over the French actress despite both biopic performances winning back to back Best Actress kudos at the Oscars.

November 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterManuel Betancourt

Peggy Sue, I hope you're right about Kulesza. Sure, Cotillard was amazing in Two Days, One Night, but she doen't really need another award (she's got Oscar after all :)). But for unknown Polish actress winning for equally impressive performance might lead to possilby another wins and maybe she will be able to crack into supporting actress category at the Oscars? Fingers crossed.

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterzordon

Manuel: Typical US-centrism about release dates - sorry ;)

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFC

Kulesza for the win. And for oscar nomination, I hope.

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMar

I put my support behind Kulesza too. She deserves it.

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

I agree that Kulesza is fantastic in a very very strong category. Marian Álvarez is also excellent.

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

MICA LEVI!

November 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Mica Levi has the best score for film by a country mile. I think the only person who comes close is Cliff Martinez's musical compositions for The Knick, which I know does not count since it is TV but that tells you how scarce it is.

Ida's personally faded from memory but I think Kulesza's performance is very strong. She's first-billed and co-lead but I wonder if any traction she gets may have her bounce around lead and supporting.

Leviathan is a beautiful and smart film, albeit with some obvious symbolism (counter-balanced by characters reflexive to the symbols around them) but you wonder if there was self-censorship as there is a plot point where I wonder the implications and provocations were much more sinister than the text. I think the lead is great but I love the attorney and the mayor and the couple who bicker while drunk on vodka. There's probably Russian characteristics to those characters that goes over my head, but to me those characters can exist anywhere- which is why the film works.

So Nymphomaniac and Force Majeure stand out to me as far and away the most realized, great works of the year on the list of nominees for me. It's hard to articulate what both each bring to the table but the tones and directions each film takes is not always expected and much more than what meets the eye along with some daring, audacious imagery- and I am not even talking about the sex in Nymphomaniac. Ostlund, you can probably say has more empathy for the characters, the film works like Paul Mazursky taking on a Tati film, but Von Trier's script is a script I am kinda jealous of. Only he could write that script that is all about him and everything he worked for to get to that point. It seems so effortless and easy. It's quite a shock he missed Screenplay and Director.

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

On the one hand, overlooking Two Days, One Night for Best Film - and, for that matter, Under the Skin - is unforgivable. But on the other, that is such an amazing lineup (even if I have some reservations about Force Majeure) that I am inclined to forgive.

So glad Nymphomaniac is getting some awards love!

November 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergoran

"Do you have any theories as to what it is it about the Oscar-winning actresses of 2007 (Cotillard and Swinton) who keep giving us wonderful performances destined to be ignored by the Academy?"

Puny, jealous mortals.

November 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

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