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For Europe, it’s all about love and shame.
Michael Haneke‘s Oscar hopeful Amour — a tale of love, suffering and death — and Steve McQueen‘s sex-addiction drama Shame lead the nominations for this year’s European Film Awards.
Amour received six EFA noms, including for best European film, best European director and in both lead acting categories for Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Shame, snubbed by the Oscars this year, picked up five nominations, including in the film, directing and screenplay categories. Michael Fassbender was nominated in the best European actor category for his harrowing depiction of a man consumed by his cravings.
Fassbender will be going up against an all-star acting contingent at this year’s EFAs, including Frenchmen François Cluzet and Omar Sy, jointly nominated for their starring roles in box office hit The Intouchables; Gary Oldman for his Oscar-nominated performance as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Solider Spy; and Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen for his role as a man falsely accused of child abuse in Thomas Vinterberg‘s The Hunt, a performance that won Mikkelsen the best actor trophy in Cannes.
In the best European actress race, Kate Winslet received a nom for her performance in Roman Polanski‘s Carnage and will be going up against Germany’s Nina Hoss, nominated for Barbara; Austrian Margarethe Tiesel for Ulrich Seidl‘s Paradise: Love; and Emilie Dequenne of Belgium, nominated for Joachim Lafosse‘s A perdre la raison, the role that won her the Un Certain Regard acting nod in Cannes in May.
In the best European film category, the EFA noms include several Oscar contenders, among them France’s Intouchables; Barbara, from German director Christian Petzold; and the Italian drama Caesar Must Die, winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin this year. Vinterberg’s critically acclaimed The Hunt, also a best European film nominee, is a rarity in that it isn’t Denmark’s official Oscar candidate, that honor going to the period drama A Royal Affair, which, coincidentally, also stars Mikkelsen.
Completing the best European director nominees are Vinterberg, Caesar Must Die helmers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia).
Vinterberg also picked up a best European screenplay nomination for his Hunt script, co-written with Tobias Lindholm; Haneke was nominated for his script to Amour; Roman Polanski and Yasmina Reza got a joint nomination for their Carnage screenplay as did Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano for Intouchables. Romanian director Cristian Mungiu completes the best screenplay nominees for his script to Beyond the Hills.
In the technical categories, Shame, Amour, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia all received nominations for best cinematography, as did Aleksandr Sokurov‘s Faust. Best editing honors will go to either The Hunt, Caesar Must Die or Shame.
A Royal Affair, Faust and Tinker Tailor Solider Spy are the three nominees in the best set design category, while nominees for the best European film music of 2012 include Tinker Tailor composer Alberto Iglesias; A Royal Affair‘s Cyrille Aufort and Gabriel Yared; George Fenton, who wrote the music for Ken Loach‘s Scotch whisky caper comedy The Angel’s Share; and Francois Couturier, nominated for his score to Andrea Segre‘s Shun Li and the Poet.
The winners of the 2012 European film awards will be announced Dec. 1 at a gala ceremony in Malta.
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