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Roman Polanski Leads European Film Awards Nominations for ‘An Officer and a Spy’

The director’s drama receives four nominations to tie with ”The Favourite,“ ”Pain and Glory“ and ”The Traitor“


Only a few days after Roman Polanski was accused of a 1975 rape by a French actress, the director has become one of the leading nominees for the 2019 European Film Awards for his film “An Officer and a Spy.”

The drama about the Dreyfus affair in 19th century France landed four nominations, tying it with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” and Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor” for the most EFA nominations.

Those four films were all nominated in the European Film category, along with “Les Miserables” and “System Crasher.” Polanski was also nominated for European director, along with Almodovar, Bellocchio, Lanthimos and Celine Sciamma for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”

“An Officer and a Spy” also received nominations for lead actor Jean Dujardin and for its screenplay by Polanski and Robert Harris.

Nominated actors include Antonio Banderas for “Pain and Glory,” Pierfrancesco Favino for “The Traitor,” Adele Haenel and Noemie Merlant for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” 9-year-old Helena Zengel for “System Crasher” and Oscar winner Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” which was eligible because it was released in 2019 in Europe.

The 2019 European Film Awards will take place on Dec. 7 in Berlin.

The nominations:

European Film
“The Favourite”
“Les Miserables”
“An Officer and a Spy”
“Pain and Glory”
“System Crasher”
“The Traitor”

European Comedy
“Ditte & Louise”
“The Favourite”
“Tel Aviv on Fire”

European Discovery
“Blind Spot”
“Les Miserables”
“Ray & Liz”

European Documentary
“For Sama”
“Putin’s Witnesses”
“The Disappearance of My Mother”

European Animated Feature Film
“Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”
“I Lost My Body”
“Marona’s Fantastic Tale”
“The Swallows of Kabul”

European Director
Pedro Almodovar, “Pain and Glory”
Marco Bellocchio, “The Traitor”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Roman Polanski, “An Officer and a Spy”
Celine Sciamma, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

European Actress
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Trine Dyrholm, “Queen of Hearts”
Noemie Merland & Adele Haenel, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”
Viktoria Miroshnickenko, “Beanpole”
Helene Zengel, “System Crasher”

European Actor
Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Jean Dujardin, “An Officer and a Spy”
Pierfrancesco Favino, “The Traitor”
Levan Gelbakhiani, “And Then We Danced”
Alexander Scheer, “Gundermann”
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, “A White, White Day”

European Screenwriter
Pedro Almodovar, “Pain and Glory”
Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella & Francesco Piccolo, “The Traitor”
Robert Harris & Roman Polanski, “An Officer and a Spy”
Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini & Alexis Manenti, “Les Miserables”
Celine Sciamma, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

European Short Film
“The Christmas Gift”
“Dogs Barking at Birds”
“The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady”
“Watermelon Juice”