European Film Awards Winners: ‘The Great Beauty’ Takes Top Prize

European Film Awards Winners: 'The Great Beauty' Takes Top Prize

Acting awards go to Veerle Baetens for “The Broken Circle Breakdown” and Toni Servillo for “The Great Beauty”

Paolo Sorrentino's updated take on Fellini, “The Great Beauty,” was named the best European film of 2013 by the European Film Academy on Saturday evening in Berlin.

The film beat a number of contenders at the European Film Awards, including the Belgian bluegrass tragedy “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which had led all films in nominations, and the Cannes Palme d'Or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”

Sorrentino was named best director for his film, which has often been compared to Fellini's “La Dolce Vita.” It follows a journalist living an empty life of parties and glamor while living off the fame from a book he'd written decades earlier.

Also read: TheWrap Screening Series: ‘Great Beauty’ Director on Pros and Cons of Being Called the New Fellini

The film's lead actor, Toni Servillo,” was named the year's best actor, while the best actress award went to Veerle Baetens for “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Susanne Bier's “Love Is All You Need” was named the best comedy, a new category for the European Film Awards. Writer-director Francois Ozon won the screenwriting award for “In the House.”

Abdellatif Kechiche's sexually explicit and controversial “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which competed under its European title, “Adele: Chapters 1 & 2,” was nominated for best film and best director, but it did not win in either category.

“The Act of Killing” was named the best documentary, while “The Congress” won the award for best animated film. The European Discovery award went to “Oh Boy!”

Also read: ‘Act of Killing’ Director on Filming His Shocking Documentary: It Gave Me Nightmares

Pedro Almodovar received an honorary award, European Achievement in Worldwide Cinema.

The ceremony took place on Saturday evening in Berlin and was hosted (with rather colossal awkwardness) by German actress Anke Engelke.

The European Film Academy consists of about 3,000 professionals in the European film industry. Director Agnieszka Holland currently serves as chairwoman.

The awards:

EUROPEAN FILM 2013: LA GRANDE BELLEZZA / THE GREAT BEAUTY

EUROPEAN COMEDY 2013: DEN SKALDEDE FRISØR / LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2013 Paolo Sorrentino for LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2013: Veerle Baetens in THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2013: Toni Servillo in LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (The Great Beauty)

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2013: François Ozon for DANS LA MAISON (In the House)

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY: OH BOY!

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY: THE ACT OF KILLING

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FILM: THE CONGRESS

EUROPEAN SHORT FILM: DEATH OF A SHADOW/DOOD VAN EEN SCHADUW

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLDWIDE CINEMA: Pedro Almodovar

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD: Ada Solomon, CHILD'S POSE

EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER: Asaf Sudry, LEMALE ET HA'HALAL / FILL THE VOID

EUROPEAN EDITOR: Cristiano Travaglioli, LA GRANDE BELLEZZA / THE GREAT BEAUTY

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Sarah Greenwood, ANNA KARENINA

EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER: Paco Delgado, BLANCANIEVES

EUROPEAN COMPOSER: Ennio Morricone, THE BEST OFFER

EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER: Matz Muller & Erik Mischijew, PARADIES: GLAUBE / PARADISE: FAITH

  • http://HollywoodAndMe.Blogspot.com/ Asif Khan

    The Great Beauty!! Great film.

  • JoeS

    Salut Paolo Sorrentino's THE GREAT BEAUTY (La Grande Bellezza)! There are a
    number of fine films that have come out this year (and more to arrive),
    but GREAT BEAUTY will certainly be one of them that stands the test of
    time. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR is the most controversial and talked
    about Foreign Film (and a very good one). Nice to see awards for
    BLANCANIEVES, IN THE HOUSE, ACT OF KILLING, BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN and
    the genial LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED.