‘White Ribbon’ triumphs at European Film Awards

Posted by · 12:57 pm · December 12th, 2009

The White Ribbon

(UPDATE: Due to an error on the EFA’s own website, we initially reported that the technical Prix d’Excellence had been awarded to “Vincere.” This is incorrect: the sound design team behind “A Prophet” took the prize.)

Foreign-language Oscar favorites “The White Ribbon” and “A Prophet” have been locked in something of an awards duel since May, when they took the top two prizes at Cannes.

However, while the latter film has been hogging the spotlight of late — pipping “Ribbon” to the post at the London Film Festival, the NBR Awards and even the Spirit noms — Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner clawed back some momentum at tonight’s European Film Awards, taking the top three prizes for Best Film, Director and Screenwriter.

“A Prophet,” which entered the race as the most-nominated contender, had to be content with a well-deserved Best Actor award for sensational newcomer Tahar Rahim, as well as the technical Prix d’Excellence for its sound team.

The night’s only multiple winner was reigning Oscar champ “Slumdog Millionaire,” which took the People’s Choice Award and half a cinematography prize (Anthony Dod Mantle was honored for his work on both “Slumdog” and “Antichrist”). In another holdover from last year, Kate Winslet took Best Actress for “The Reader.”

Oscar-watchers shouldn’t attach too much significance to the awards — after all, “Gomorrah” swept the board last year, only to be blanked outright by the Academy. But it’ll be interesting to see if this running ding-dong between the German and French submissions continues all the way to the Kodak.

Best Film: “The White Ribbon”
Best Director: Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon”
Best Actor: Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet”
Best Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
Best Screenwriter: Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon”
Best Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Antichrist” and “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Composer: Alberto Iglesias, “Broken Embraces”
Prix d’Excellence (Technical Achievement): Brigitte Taillandier, Francis Wargnier, Jean-Paul Hurier and Marc Doisne (sound design), “A Prophet”
Best Animated Feature: “Mia and the Migoo”
Best Documentary: “The Sound of Insects”
Best European Discovery: “Katalin Varga”
People’s Choice Award: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Short Film: “Poste Restante”
FIPRESCI Award: Andrzej Wajda, “Sweet Rush”
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ken Loach
European Achievement in World Cinema: Isabelle Huppert

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  • 1 12-12-2009 at 1:09 pm

    red_wine said...

    I was just searching for the results.

    But whoa! Best Actress is a true shocker. Star power won over actual merit it seems. I thought Gainsbourg had it in the bag!

    And maybe mildly surprised that A Prophet didn’t win any of Picture/Director/Screenplay.

  • 2 12-12-2009 at 2:10 pm

    George said...

    “Star power won over actual merit it seems”
    please people realise it, Winslet gave the Best Performance. It has nothing to do with star power….

  • 3 12-12-2009 at 3:01 pm

    Cameron said...

    But compared to Charlotte Gainsbourg? Kate Winslet is a truly gifted actress, no doubt, but if anything her performance in Revolutionary Road was far superior to The Reader, and between the latter film and Antichrist, Gainsbourg was the more deserving for her tour-de-force.

  • 4 12-12-2009 at 3:20 pm

    Michael said...

    agreed! Kate Winslet has been much better in the past and didn’t deserve the Oscar last year, much less the Best Actress at the European Film Awards this year. The three best female performances from last year imho were from Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long), and Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) – and they weren’t even nominated. This year it really should be between Tilda Swinton for Julia and Charlotte Gainsbourg for Antichrist, but neither of them will get nominated and I won’t really care who actually wins b/c they are the best female performances of the year.

  • 5 12-12-2009 at 3:54 pm

    Alex in Movieland said...

    oh, there we go again on Winslet!

    yes, there were better contenders in the Oscar race, but let’s give it a rest! Winslet’s performance in The Reader is a fine, solid performance! And that makes the win quite acceptable

  • 6 12-12-2009 at 4:18 pm

    Lance said...

    “The White Ribbon” was fantastic and deserves all the awards it receives. So far, the best film I’ve seen this year.

  • 7 12-12-2009 at 4:25 pm

    Dennis said...

    As much as I love Gainsbourg, Winslet gave the better performance.

  • 8 12-12-2009 at 4:39 pm

    Mike said...

    Kate Winslet’s last award for 2008. Congrats and well deserved Kate.

  • 9 12-12-2009 at 5:22 pm

    will said...

    winslet was best in rev road last year

  • 10 12-12-2009 at 6:52 pm

    marco70go said...

    actually, even A Prophet is a multiple winner.. other than the Best Actor award, won the “Prix d’excellence” given to a technical aspect of the movie, for its (superb) sound.

  • 11 12-12-2009 at 6:54 pm

    marco70go said...

    don’t know where you found your list of winners, but on EFA website the Prix d’eccelence” has been awarded to A Prophet for sound and not to Vincere for editing: http://www.europeanfilmacademy.org/2009/12/12/22nd-european-film-awards-winners/

  • 12 12-13-2009 at 1:41 am

    maurier said...

    Quite boring, The White Ribbon is not a masterpiece some people want it to be so it shouldn’t have won. If they’d given best film or director category to Fish Tank, that would’ve been a bold and right move!

  • 13 12-13-2009 at 4:24 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    marco70go: Thanks for the update. I actually posted the winners direct from the EFA’s website, but they initially reported the wrong winner in that category. I’ve corrected the article.

  • 14 12-13-2009 at 5:14 am

    red_wine said...

    Guy. no words about Winslet taking out Gainsbourg and Jarvis? In all honesty I think this is a throw-away award. Winslet wasn’t there to collect her award and really, she probably does not even care, she has her Oscar, she had made it known in the past how much she wanted it, the Euro really doesn’t mean that much to her.

    Gainsbourg on the other hand would have valued the award much more and it really would have meant something to her. Not to mention she is miles away from an Oscar.

  • 15 12-13-2009 at 5:23 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Red Wine: Of course, I found the choice a bit of a letdown — Jarvis would have been my pick, closely followed by Gainsbourg.

    But I’m not at all surprised by the result, and don’t really feel like revisiting the whole Winslet/Reader topic again … you guys got there without my help, anyway! ;)

    For Gainsbourg, the Cannes Best Actress award is a bigger feather in her cap than this would have been. And I feel confident that Jarvis has a solid career ahead of her. No need to get too disappointed for them.