Every little bit helps turn a small indie title into something a critic decides to watch ahead of something else. So the European Film Award nominations, while seemingly distant, do have impact on the awards race here, more in best picture, director, writer and actor/actress categories than foreign because that group watches films in screening rooms only.
Michael Haneke's Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Amour" (Sony Pictures Classics) led the field with six nominations, with German Oscar submission "Barbara" (Adopt FIlms), directed by Christian Petzold, Belgium's "Our Children" (our TOH! review is here), France Oscar choice "The Intouchables" (The Weinstein Co.) and the Taviani brothers' Italian Oscar entry' "Caesar Must Die" (Adopt) also earning major nominations.
Several films released last year are throw-aways from the American point-of-view: "Shame," Carnage," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (our TOH! interview with Gary Oldman is here). And Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" (Magnolia), which won Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen in Cannes (TOH! interview with Mikkelson here), won't be released in Denmark until 2013.
Highlights and link to full list below.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Malta on December 1.
EUROPEAN FILM 2012:
Austria/France/Germany, 127 min
Written & directed by Michael Haneke
Produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz
Germany, 105 min
Written & directed by Christian Petzold
Produced by Florian Koerner von Gustorf & Michael Weber
CESARE DEVE MORIRE (Caesar Must Die)
Italy, 76 min
Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Written by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, in collaboration with Fabio Cavalli
Produced by Grazia Volpi
France, 108 min
Written & directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano
Produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou & Laurent Zeitoun
JAGTEN (The Hunt)
Denmark, 111 min
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Written by Thomas Vinterberg & Tobias Lindholm
Produced by Morten Kaufmann & Sisse Graum Jørgensen
UK, 96 min
Directed by Steve McQueen
Written by Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan
Produced by Iain Canning & Emile Sherman
EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:
Nuri Bilge Ceylan for BİR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU'DA (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)
Michael Haneke for AMOUR (Love)
Steve McQueen for SHAME
Paolo & Vittorio Taviani for CESARE DEVE MORIRE (Caesar Must Die)
Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)
EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:
Emilie Dequenne in A PERDRE LA RAISON (Our Children)
Nina Hoss in BARBARA
Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR (Love)
Margarethe Tiesel in PARADIES: LIEBE (Paradise: Love)
Kate Winslet in CARNAGE
EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012:
François Cluzet & Omar Sy in INTOUCHABLES (Untouchable)
Michael Fassbender in SHAME
Mads Mikkelsen in JAGTEN (The Hunt)
Gary Oldman in TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Jean-Louis Trintignant in AMOUR (Love)
Full list of nominees here.