'Ex Machina,' 'Paddington' Make European Film Awards Long List Selections

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'Ex Machina'

Festival and awards favorites, including 'The Lobster,' '45 Years' and 'Victoria' are among the titles in the running for Europe's answer to the Oscars.

Alex Garland's dystopian sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Paul King's crowd-pleasing children's film Paddington and the bizarre fantasy The Lobster, from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, are among the films on this year's long list for the 2015 European Film Awards.

The list, announced on Tuesday by the European Film Academy, includes many of this year's festival favorites, among them Sebastian Schipper's one-take Berlin-set thriller Victoria; dark comedy The Brand New Testament from Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael; and Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales starring Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly.

In total, 52 films representing 36 European countries made this year's long list. Twenty titles were nominated directly from the countries with the largest number of European Film Academy members. The remaining films were picked by a committee of EFA board members and film experts.

The 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote from among the selected films to pick nominees in the categories of best European film, best director, actor, actress and screenwriter. Nominations will be announced on Nov. 7 at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain. The winners of the 28th European Film Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in Berlin on Dec. 12. 

You can check out the full list of European Film Award contenders on the EFA's website.

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