Our Oscar chart updates are underway (much more coming at you tomorrow) and now The European Film Award nominations are out. The Film Experience always enjoys their attempt at boiling down so many countries into one group of "best of"s. The American and British Film Academies don't have it so hard, you know, each generally only dealing with the best of Hollywood and London with the occasional embassy outreach to a hot foreigner. (That'd be The Artist this year).
For our Oscar discussion purposes the most amusing thing about this year's lineup is that two Oscar winners from 2010 (the UK's The Kings Speech and Denmark's In a Better World) are competing against one of the presumed frontrunners of 2011 (France's The Artist) with a few arthouse madman (The Melancholia) and French language side dishes (The Kid With a Bike -- not submitted for this year's Oscar race -- and Le Havre, which is an Oscar submission for in Best Foreign Film).
- The Artist
- Le Havre
- In a Better World
- The Kid With a Bike
- The King's Speech
Sigh. The King's Speech. At this point it's like an unstaked British vampire, sucking the life from Gallic beauties and crazy Danes.
- Susanne Bier, In a Better World
- The Dardenne Brothers, The Kid With a Bike
- Aki Kaurismäki, Le Havre
- Béla Tarr, The Turin Horse
- Lars von Trier, Melancholia
It seems absolutlely bizarre to snub Michael Hazanavicius for direction (The Artist, more than most movies, would've been a disaster without its careful but exuberant guiding hand). Meanwhile Tom Hooper probably won't lose sleep over his snubbing here. Once you've won the Oscar...
- Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
- Cécile de France, The Kid With a Bike
- Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia
- Nadezdha Markina, Elena
- Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
We're literally revisiting Cannes jury deliberations for this lineup since all of the women were there. Remember when everyone was all: will it be Kiki or Tilda in "Best Actress"? I wish the EFA had a higher profile just to give Dunst another boost and get back into the Oscar conversation.
More after the jump including actors, composers, and dreamy unsettling production design.