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European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Sets Best Director Record + Annie Awards Bypass Blockbusters

Michael Haneke at the 2012 European Film Awards. The story of an elderly couple facing illness and death, the German-French-Austrian co-production Amour was the top winner at this year's European Film Awards, collecting trophies in the following categories: Best European Film, Best European Director, Best European Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), and Best European Actress (Emmanuelle Riva). Veterans Trintignant and Riva, each one in movies for more than half a century, were first-time nominees/winners, but Michael Haneke is now a three-time Best European Director nominee/winner – a record. The German-born, Austrian-raised Haneke's previous nominations/wins were for another French-language drama, Caché / Hidden (2005), and for The White Ribbon / Das Weiße Band (2009), a stark, black-and-white drama set in pre-World War I […]


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European Film Awards: Michael Haneke Sets Best Director Record + Annie Awards Bypass Blockbusters



EFA Best European Film Honors Another Controversial Filmmaker + Homages to Early Cinema Lead in U.S.

Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst. The European Film Academy (EFA) Awards' Best European Film winner, Melancholia tells the story of two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg) as one of them is about to get married and a fast-approaching planet is about to collide with the Earth. Melancholia became the third Lars von Trier film to win the top award, following Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000) – this despite the fact that von Trier became embroiled in a nasty controversy following jokes regarding Jews and Adolf Hitler at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier himself took home the Best European Director award for Dogville in 2003. (The Best European Film that year was Wolfgang Becker's much […]


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EFA Best European Film Honors Another Controversial Filmmaker + Homages to Early Cinema Lead in U.S.



Annie Awards: DreamWorks Animation vs. Pixar-Disney. Unfair Edge?

Annie Awards winner 'How to Train Your Dragon,' directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. Annie Awards and DreamWorks Animation 'marriage' A commenter took me to task for stating in a post written last night (Feb. 5, '11) that the “marriage” between the International Animated Film Association and DreamWorks Animation and its Annie Awards had become “unofficially official” this year with How to Train Your Dragon's ten Annie wins, including Best Animated Feature – while Pixar's Toy Story 3, up for three Annies, and Disney's Tangled, up for two, went home empty-handed. Two years ago, DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda also won ten Annies, including Best Animated Feature. That year, Pixar's WALL-E was completely shut out. Pixar / Disney Annie Awards […]


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Annie Awards: DreamWorks Animation vs. Pixar-Disney. Unfair Edge?