‘Ida’ leads European Film Awards Nominations

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Stateside hit Ida continued its march towards a likely Oscar nod this morning, leading the pack in the just announced European Film Awards Nominations. The film received 5 nominations, including nods for both actresses (Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska) and also won Best Cinematography. Not far behind was Leviathan with 4 mentions. Virtually every recent European winner of the Foreign Language Oscar has at least been nominated for Best Film here, so this is a good sign for Ida indeed.

Some other interesting observations…

Two Days, One Night was only nominated for Best Actress (Marion Cotillard) and Best Screenplay, somewhat confirming some of my doubts regarding its Oscar chances. Ever since I saw it at the New York Film Festival, I felt that it may be too low-key to stand out among a long list of films (especially when the Academy hasn’t warmed to the Dardennes brothers before). The European Film Academy has more than 3000 members, so the sample size of voters is fairly comparable to AMPAS. Granted, the European films are very strong this year so it’s possible that it just barely missed the cut. I’m sure it will get a boost from the Critics Choice and Golden Globes etc.

Those Europeans really love Lars Von Trier films. Nymphomaniac continued his strong track record with this awards body (he’s tied with Gianni Amelio and Michael Haneke for directing the most Best Film winners) with nods for Best Film, Best Actor (Stellan Skarsgård) and Best Actress (Charlotte Gainsbourg).

Here’s the full list of nominees:

European Film
FORCE MAJEURE / TURIST
IDA
LEVIATHAN / LEVIAFAN (ЛЕВИАФАН)
NYMPHOMANIAC – DIRECTOR’S CUT
WINTER SLEEP / KIŞ UYKUSU

European Comedy
CARMINA Y AMÈN / CARMINA & AMEN
LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D’ESTATE / THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN THE SUMMER
LE WEEK-END

European Director
NURI BILGE CEYLAN for KIŞ UYKUSU / WINTER SLEEP
STEVEN KNIGHT for LOCKE
PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI for IDA
PAOLO VIRZI IL CAPITALE UMANO / HUMAN CAPITAL
ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV for LEVIAFAN (ЛЕВИАФАН) / LEVIATHAN
RUBEN ÖSTLUND for TURIST / FORCE MAJEURE

European Actress
MARIAN ALVAREZ in LA HERIDA / WOUNDED
VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI in IL CAPITALE UMANO / HUMAN CAPITAL
MARION COTILLARD in DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT / TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG in NYMPHOMANIAC – DIRECTOR’S CUT
AGATA KULESZA in IDA
AGATA TRZEBUCHOWSKA in IDA

European Actor
BRENDAN GLEESON in CALVARY
TOM HARDY in LOCKE
ALEXEY SEREBRYAKOV in LEVIAFAN (ЛЕВИАФАН) / LEVIATHAN
STELLAN SKARSGÅRD in NYMPHOMANIAC – DIRECTOR’S CUT
TIMOTHY SPALL in MR. TURNER

European Screenwriter
NURI BILGE CEYLAN & EBRU CEYLAN for KIŞ UYKUSU / WINTER SLEEP
JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNE & LUC DARDENNE for DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT / TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
STEVEN KNIGHT for LOCKE
PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI & REBECCA LENKIEWICZ for IDA
ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV & OLEG NEGIN for LEVIAFAN (ЛЕВИАФАН) / LEVIATHAN

A special seven-member jury convened in Berlin and also decided on the following award recipients:

EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER – Prix CARLO DI PALMA
Łukasz Żal & Ryszard Lenczewski for IDA

EUROPEAN EDITOR
Justine Wright for LOCKE

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Claus-Rudolf Amler for THE DARK VALLEY (Das Finstere Tal)

EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER
Natascha Curtius-Noss for THE DARK VALLEY (Das Finstere Tal)

EUROPEAN COMPOSER
Mica Levi for UNDER THE SKIN

EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER
Joakim Sundström for STARRED UP

Click here for the previously announced nominations in Discovery, Documentary, Animated Feature Film and Short Film.