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'The Favourite' picked up eight European Film honors, including European director for Yorgos Lanthimos and European actress for Oscar-winner Olivia Coleman.
The Favourite was the big winner at the European Film Awards in Berlin Saturday night, winning eight trophies, including for best European Film of 2019.
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Yorgos Lanthimos' wry period drama, which arrived in Berlin already having notched up 10 Oscar nominations and one win for best actress Olivia Coleman, also won best director for Lanthimos, best actress for Coleman, the EFA's best comedy prize as well as technical honors for cinematography, editing, costume design and hair and make up.
Pedro Almodovar's autobiographical drama Pain and Glory won the European Actor prize for Antonio Banderas for his performance as a lightly fictionalized version of the Spanish auteur. Pain and Glory also won the European Production Design honor for Antxon Gómez's re-creation of 60 years of Spanish history, filtered through the lens of Almodovar's flamboyant, technicolor life and work.
Story - Year - Awards - EFA - Decision
But the biggest story going into this year's awards was the EFA's decision to nominate Roman Polanski's period drama An Officer and A Spy in four of the main categories, including European film, European director, European screenplay (for co-writers Polanski and Robert Harris) as well as European actor for French star Jean Dujardin.
Polanski's film had been well-received at its premiere in Venice — where it won the Grand Jury Prize — but the European Academy's decision to honor the 86-year-old director drew condemnation from those who see Polanski primarily as a man accused of sexual assault and rape and who remains a fugitive from U.S. justice. Last month another woman, French actress Valentine Monnier, came forward with new allegations, claiming Polanski raped her in 1975, when she was 18. In response, a women's rights group, J'Accuse Polanski, using the French title of his latest film, called...
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