'Melancholia' Dominates European Film Awards Nominations

Sun Nov 6, 2011 8:06am EST

Controversial director Lars von Trier's apocalyptic drama "Melancholia" leads all films at the 2011 European Film Awards, where it will compete for the top prize with Michel Hazanavicius's black-and-white silent film "The Artist," the Dardenne brothers' "The Kid With a Bike," Aki Kaurismaki''s "Le Havre" and two past Oscar winners, Susanne Bier's Best Foreign-Language Film winner "In a Better World" and Tom Hooper's Best Picture champ "The King's Speech."

In nominations announced on Saturday, Bier, the Dardennes, Kaurismaki, von Trier and Bela Tarr ("The Turin Horse") were named contenders in the European Director category, while acting nominees included Kirsten Dunst (left) and Charlotte Gainsbourg for "Melancholia," Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Jean Dujardin for "The Artist" and Colin Firth for "The King's Speech."

Overall, "Melancholia" dominated the nominations, with eight nominations in the nine announced categories. Five films tied for the second-most nods, with four each: "The Artist," "The Kid With a Bike," "In a Better World," "The King's Speech" and "Le Havre."

The 24th European Film Awards will take place in Berlin on December 2, 2011. The awards are chosen by the European Film Academy, which has more than 2,500 members across Europe.

Past winners include Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer," Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" and Pedro Almodovar's "Talk to Her."

The nominees:

EUROPEAN FILM 2011

THE ARTIST, France

LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike), Belgium/France/Italy

HÆVNEN (In a Better World), Denmark

THE KING’S SPEECH, UK

LE HAVRE, Finland/France/Germany

MELANCHOLIA, Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2011

Susanne Bier for HÆVNEN (In a Better World)

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike)

Aki Kaurismäki for LE HAVRE

Béla Tarr for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)

Lars von Trier for MELANCHOLIA

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2011

Kirsten Dunst in MELANCHOLIA

Cécile de France in LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike)

Charlotte Gainsbourg in MELANCHOLIA

Nadezhda Markina in ELENA

Tilda Swinton in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2011

Jean Dujardin in THE ARTIST

Colin Firth in THE KING'S SPEECH

Mikael Persbrandt in HÆVNEN (In a Better World)                  

Michel Piccoli in HABEMUS PAPAM                  

André Wilms in LE HAVRE

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2011

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike)                  

Anders Thomas Jensen for HÆVNEN (In a Better World)

Aki Kaurismäki for LE HAVRE

Lars von Trier for MELANCHOLIA

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2011

Manuel Alberto Claro for MELANCHOLIA

Fred Kelemen for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)

Guillaume Schiffman for THE ARTIST

Adam Sikora for ESSENTIAL KILLING

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2011

Tariq Anwar for THE KING'S SPEECH

Mathilde Bonnefoy for DREI (Three)

Molly Malene Stensgaard for MELANCHOLIA

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2011

Paola Bizzarri for HABEMUS PAPAM                  

Antxón Gómez for LA PIEL QUE HABITO (The Skin I Live in)

Jette Lehmann for MELANCHOLIA

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2011

Ludovic Bource for THE ARTIST

Alexandre Desplat for THE KING’S SPEECH

Alberto Iglesias for LA PIEL QUE HABITO (The Skin I Live in)

Mihály Vig for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)

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