Italian movie The Great Beauty has been tipped for glory at the Oscars after winning big at the European Film Awards (EFA) on Saturday night (07Dec13). The film, also released as La Grande Bellezza, won the coveted European Film award at the ceremony in Berlin, Germany, while also taking prizes for director Paolo Sorrentino and Best Editing. The movie's star, Toni Servillo, saw off competition from Britain's Jude Law to take the European Actor prize.
Last year (12), Michael Haneke's drama Amour dominated the European Film Awards and went on to scoop the Best Foreign Language Film trophy at the Academy Awards.
Other winners at the EFAs included Belgian star Veerle Baetens, who took the European Actress trophy ahead of Hollywood regulars Keira Knightley and Naomi Watts for her role in The Broken Circle Breakdown, and Pierce Brosnan's Love is All You Need, which triumphed in the comedy film category.
Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve picked up a lifetime achievement award, and Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar was also honoured for his contribution to filmmaking.
During his speech, Almodovar took the opportunity to criticise the Spanish government for slashing funding for the film industry, calling the cuts "insensitive" and blasting the country's "awful cultural policy".
British stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law are nominated for acting prizes at the 2013 European Film Awards for their roles in period blockbuster Anna Karenina. Knightley, who played the title role, will go up against Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt) and Luminita Gheorghiu (Child's Pose) for the Best Actress prize.
Law will compete for the Best Actor trophy against Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Fabrice Luchini (In the House), Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) and Tom Schilling (Oh Boy).
The Best Film nominations include The Best Offer, Blancanieves, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty, Oh Boy And Adele: Chapters 1 & 2.
Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the prizegiving in Berlin, Germany on 7 December (13).
Acclaimed director Giuseppe Tornatore's latest movie The Best Offer was the toast of Italy's 67th Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) awards after landing six honours. The movie, which stars Geoffrey Rush as an eccentric auctioneer who becomes obsessed with a reclusive heiress, claimed the Best Film prize, while composer Ennio Morricone picked up the Best Score award for the film's soundtrack.
Actress Valeria Golino's directorial debut Miele was also among the winners at the ceremony on Saturday (06Jul13), along with Matteo Garone's reality TV-based drama Reality and Paolo Sorrentino's La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty).
Bernardo Bertolucci's Io e Te (You and I) was previously announced as Film of the Year, while veteran Italian actor Toni Servillo picked up an award in celebration of his lengthy career.
The awards, which are voted for by Italy's National Syndicate of Journalists, were handed out at Taormina's Teatro Antico venue, the site of Sicily's Taromina Film Festival.
Olias Barco's black and white movie Kill Me Please picked up the Marc Aurelio prize for Best Film on Friday (05Nov10).
Denmark's official Oscars entry, In a Better World, claimed the Grand Jury Prize.
Italy's Toni Servillo claimed the night's Best Actor prize for his work in Una Vita Tranquilla and the entire female cast of Mexican movie Las Buenas Hierbas was handed the Best Actress honour.