‘The Favourite’ dominates European Film Awards with eight wins

Screen | 12/8/2019 | Martin Blaney
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Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite was the big winner at the European Film Awards on Saturday (December 7), winning eight prizes include best film, best director, best actress for Olivia Colman and best comedy.

The film also won four previously announced technical awards for best cinematography, costume design, editing and hair and make up.

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Neither Yanthimos nor Colman attended the ceremony in Berlin, with Colman sending a video message.

Antonio Banderas won the best actor prize for his role in Pedro Almoodvar’s Pain And Glory.

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Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ For Sama won the best documentary prize. They accepted the award via video link from Los Angeles where the UK film about the experiences of al-Kateab and her baby daughter in war-devastated Syria, is gaining momentum as a best documentary contender for the 2020 Oscars.

The entertaining three-hour ceremony, directed for the first time German filmmaker Dietrich Brüggemann and held at Berlin’s Haus der Festspiele, was marked by an emotional tribute to “the one and only” Nik Powell, the former chairman of the European Film Academy who died unexpectedly last month. EFA director Marion Döring and president Wim Wenders paid tribute to Powell and welcomed his daughter Amy who was in town for the ceremony.

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Additionally, new EFA chairman producer Mike Downey, who has taken over from filmmaker Agnieszka Holland following the end of her six-year term, welcomed the...
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