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'The White Ribbon' sweeps three top European Film Awards

December 12, 2009 |  9:46 pm

Seven months after "The White Ribbon" and "A Prophet" split the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, they did so again at the European Film Awards.  Cannes' Golden Palm recipient, "The White Ribbon," was voted best picture by the European Film Academy, beating Oscar champ "Slumdog Millionaire," which took the audience award for best picture as a consolation prize. "White Ribbon" also claimed trophies for best director and screenplay. "A Prophet" won best actor (Tahar Rahim) and sound design. See a full list of winners below; nominees are here.

The White Ribbon European Film Awards

"The White Ribbon" is Germany's official Oscar entry for best foreign-language film and is eligible in all categories. That's not true of France's entry, "A Prophet," which can only compete for best foreign flick because it will  not be released in U.S. theaters before year's end.

BEST PICTURE
"Das Weisse Band" ("The White Ribbon"), Germany/Austria/France/Italy

BEST DIRECTOR
Michael Haneke, "Das Weisse Band" ("The White Ribbon")

BEST ACTOR
Tahar Rahim, "Un Prophète" ("A Prophet")

BEST ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

BEST SCREENWRITER
Michael Haneke, "Das Weisse Band" ("The White Ribbon")

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER
Anthony Dod Mantle, "Antichrist," "Slumdog Millionaire"

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY PRIX D’EXCELLENCE 2009
Brigitte Taillandier, Francis Wargnier, Jean-Paul Hurier & Marc Doisne for
the Sound Design, "Un Prophète" ("A Prophet")

BEST COMPOSER
Alberto Iglesias, "Los Abrazos Rotos" ("Broken Embraces")

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY
"Katalin Varga," Romania/UK/Hungary

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Mia et le Migou" ("Mia and the Migoo"), France/Italy
directed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd, co-directed by Nora Twomey

BEST SHORT FILM
"Poste Restante"

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ken Loach

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA
Isabelle Huppert

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"The Sound of Insects, Record of a Mummy," Switzerland

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD
Diana Elbaum and Jani Thiltges

CRITICS AWARD
Andrzej Wajda, "Tatarak" ("Sweet Rush")

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST EUROPEAN FILM
"Slumdog Millionaire"

Photo: "The White Ribbon" (Sony Pictures Classics)

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