‘Dancer’ Takes Europe, ‘Dragon’ Takes Taiwan

The Oscar is not the only film award out there.

The European Film Awards unveiled its slate of winners Saturday, with director Lars von Trier‘s weepy musical “Dancer in the Dark” picking up a field-best two nods for best European film and best actress for the debut performance by pop singer Bjork, Reuters reports.

The best actor award went to Sergi Lopez in the French dark comedy “Harry, He’s Here to Help.”

Other winners include: Laurent Cantet‘s first film “Human Resources” about French labor politics for the European Discovery Fassbinder award; Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai’s period infidelity drama “In the Mood for Love” for the Screen International Award; Spain’s “Goya in Bordeaux” for the best cinematographer award; and France’s “It Takes All Kinds” for best screenwriting.

On the same day but in a continent thousands of miles away, Taiwan also announced the winner of the country’s annual Golden Horse Awards, Reuters reports.

Taiwan’s native son Ang Lee swept the awards with six wins for his martial-arts flick “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — including best picture, best film editing and best sound effects.

Best actress kudos went to Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung for “In the Mood for Love” and the best actor award was nabbed by Francis Ng in the Hong Kong action flick “The Mission,” which also won the best director award for helmer To Kei-fung.

The Golden Horses, long hailed as Taiwan’s equivalent to Hollywood’s Oscars, is an annual showcase of Chinese-language films mainly out of Taiwan and Hong Kong.