European Film Awards: 'The Lobster,' 'Victoria,' 'Youth' Score Multiple Nominations

'The Lobster'

Alicia Vikander, Colin Farrell, Michael Caine and Charlotte Rampling are among this year's acting nominees.

The European Film Academy has announced the nominees for this year's European Film Award. The list includes some of Europe's biggest stars as well as a smattering of newcomers.

In the best film category, nominees include festival favorites such as Yorgos Lanthimos' bizarre sci-fi film The Lobster, Sebastian Schipper's one-shot thriller Victoria and Paolo Sorrentino's Youth as well as several titles in the running for the foreign-language Oscar, among them Roy Andersson's droll Swedish dramedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Rams, from Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson, and Deniz Gamze Erguven's French drama Mustang.

Andersson's Pigeon also picked up a nomination in the European comedy category — where it will go up against Belgium's Oscar contender, Jaco Van Dormael's religious satire The Brand New Testament, and Eric Lartigau's French laffer The Belier Family. Andersson also nabbed a European Director nom, alongside Lanthimos, Shipper and Sorrentino. Italian auteur Nanni Moretti was also nominated for his helming of My Mother, as was Poland's Malgorzata Szumowska for Body.

Pigeon, Alex Garland's Ex Machina, 45 Years, The Lobster and Youth all picked up screenplay noms, as did Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu for their script to Romanian drama Aferim! 

The acting categories could prove the most competitive at this year's EFAs, which will be handed out in on Berlin Dec. 12. Swedish star Alicia Vikander's performance as an android in Ex Machina will be set against Charlotte Rampling's heartbreaking turn in 45 Years, Rachel Weisz's performance in Youth, Italian veteran Margherita Buy in My Mother and Spanish actress Laia Costa, who wowed with her breakthrough performance in Victoria.

The European Actor nominees are no less impressive: with Tom Courtenay of 45 Years and Michael Caine in Youth nominated alongside Colin Farrell's comic turn in The Lobster, Vincent Lindon playing an unemployed factory worker in Stephane Brize's The Measure of a Man and Germany's Christian Friedl for his role playing would-be-Hitler-assassin Georg Elser in Oliver Hirschbiegel's biopic 13 Minutes.

In the documentary category, Asif Kapadia's hit music doc Amy, about late singer Amy Winehouse, will go up against Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, A Syrian Love Story from Sean McAllister, Ivan Gergolet's Dancing With Maria and Toto and His Sisters from Alexander Nanau. 

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