At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions proudly announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2012.

Nominated are:

AMOUR (Love)
Austria/France/Germany, 127 min
Written & directed by Michael Haneke
Produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz

Germany, 105 min
Written & directed by Christian Petzold
Produced by Florian Koerner von Gustorf & Michael Weber

Italy, 76 min
Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Written by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, in collaboration with Fabio Cavalli
Produced by Grazia Volpi

INTOUCHABLES (Untouchable)
France, 108 min
Written & directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano
Produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou & Laurent Zeitoun

JAGTEN (The Hunt)
Denmark, 111 min
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Written by Thomas Vinterberg & Tobias Lindholm
Produced by Morten Kaufmann & Sisse Graum Jørgensen

UK, 96 min
Directed by Steve McQueen
Written by Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan
Produced by Iain Canning & Emile Sherman

Nuri Bilge Ceylan for BİR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU’DA (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)
Michael Haneke for AMOUR (Love)
Steve McQueen for SHAME
Paolo & Vittorio Taviani for CESARE DEVE MORIRE (Caesar Must Die)
Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)

Emilie Dequenne in A PERDRE LA RAISON (Our Children)
Nina Hoss in BARBARA
Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR (Love)
Margarethe Tiesel in PARADIES: LIEBE (Paradise: Love)
Kate Winslet in CARNAGE

François Cluzet & Omar Sy in INTOUCHABLES (Untouchable)
Michael Fassbender in SHAME
Mads Mikkelsen in JAGTEN (The Hunt)
Jean-Louis Trintignant in AMOUR (Love)

Michael Haneke for AMOUR (Love)
Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg for JAGTEN (The Hunt)
Cristian Mungiu for DUPĂ DEALURI (Beyond the Hills)
Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano for INTOUCHABLES (Untouchable)
Roman Polanski & Yasmina Reza for CARNAGE

Sean Bobbitt for SHAME
Bruno Delbonnel for FAUST
Darius Khondji for AMOUR (Love)
Gökhan Tiryaki for BİR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU’DA (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia)

Janus Billeskov Jansen & Anne Østerud for JAGTEN (The Hunt)
Roberto Perpignani for CESARE DEVE MORIRE (Caesar Must Die)
Joe Walker for SHAME

Niels Sejer for EN KONGELIG AFFÆRE (A Royal Affair)
Elena Zhukova for FAUST

Cyrille Aufort & Gabriel Yared for EN KONGELIG AFFÆRE (A Royal Affair)
François Couturier for IO SONO LI (Shun Li and the Poet)
George Fenton for THE ANGELS’ SHARE

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  • So, no “Rust and Bone”? Was it ineligible?

  • César

    Interesting that Audiard’s film is snubbed. Also no nominations for the foreign Oscar entries from Bosnia (Djeca), Bulgaria (Kecove), Greece (Adikos kosmos), Netherlands (Kauwboy), Switzerland (L’enfant d’en haut) or Hungary (Just the Wind), which were on the selections list. Hungary makes me sad, it’s a great film!

    Looks like a walkover for Amour and Haneke. The Best Actor category is thrilling and I’m happy that Germany’s entry Barbara got two well deserved noms, especially for Nina Hoss! It was unright, that she was snubbed at the German Film Awards and got no nomination.

  • Nikita

    Rust and Bone was eligible They just like Winslet’s performance in Carnage more than Cotillard’s performance. May be all the oscarblogers including Sasha overestimating her Marion’s chance for nomination? Film hasn’t win anything yet, in Cannes it was empty-handed too. Why the Academy should fall in love with it?

  • Nikita, Rust and Bone did win at the London Film Festival.

    These nominations (Intouchables excluded) are MOTHERFUCKING FANTASTIC!!! I’m all over them. Yum yum yum.

  • Actually, “Rust and Bone” just won Best Film at London Film Festival and it was one of the favourites for the Golden Palm at Cannes…quite strange they didn’t recognize nor the film, nor the director, nor the leading actors…

  • Simon Warrasch

    What the F… has happend with “Rust & Bone”? F… You European Film Award Members!!!! Marion Cotillard is French and Matthias Shoenarts is from Belgium, so they both could get nominated! Both gave two of the best performances of the year!

    And by the way, what a joke! Kate Winslet got nominated and Christoph Waltz didn’t!!!!

    All i can say is good start for the Award Season!

  • Simon Warrasch

    My Prediction right now:

    Picture: Amour

    Director: Michael Haneke – Amour

    Screenplay: Michael Haneke – Amour
    RU: Christian Mungiu – Beyond the Hills

    Actress: Emanuelle Riva – Amour

    Actor: Each nominee should win! They all were phenomenal! How can you choose one of them?

  • red_wine

    Didn’t like Rust And Bone at all. Very pleased that it got zero nominations. Nothing about it is deserving of any awards.

    About the noms, they actually throw up some competition. I thought Amour would just cake walk in all the Top 5 categories. Best Picture and Best Director are still absolutely in the bag. The other 3 not so much. I think it might lose screenplay to The Hunt/Beyond The Hills, actress to Hoss/Tiesel and actor to any of the other 5 gentlemen nominated.

    But Picture and Director are an absolutely done deal, and from what I have seen, rightly so.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Damn, Caesar Must Die is truly overrated!
    I never thought this much people would like that mediocre attempt at a movie…

  • Lars

    Very happy that Tinker Tailor is getting some well-deserved recognition, especially the score. I thought Kate Winslet was very good in Carnage, but don’t know why the film is nominated for screenwriting award as well.

    I would say Riva for the win! Trintignant is great as well, but his competition is much stronger.

    I’m just gonna lie to myself that these are the Oscar nominations haha

  • Akumax

    Amour and Caesar Must Die are two great films. The rest of the selection is not so interesting.

  • Jerry

    Amour might start sweeping awards overseas like Intouchables did last year.

  • Cyrus

    What a great list !!

    Super happy for Emmanuelle Riva!!! and Darius Khondji !!

    Glad to see the brilliant sets and art direction of Maria Djurkovic nominated here. She was so snubbed at the Oscars for Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.

    I think Amour will sweep Best Picture, Director, Writing, Actress and Actor. No doubt !

  • Mattoc

    Fairly conventional and slightly disappointing.
    Some of it’s good though. The Actor category is strong and had it included Denis Lavant, this would have been one the strongest lineups in recent memory.

  • Charlie

    Lol Cotillard could not even make the European Film Award and yet almost everyone seems to predict her for the Oscars. The fact is that once the critics awards are given her performance and her film will be overshadowed by Riva and Amour. Amour is THE foreign language film of the year, not De rouille et d’os. Just because it won some award in London doesn’t mean anything (London hasn’t any impact on US awards, hello ?).

    And to the people who say “but Riva is an unknown”, how about Fernanda Montenegro ? And it’s not like Riva is coming out of nowhere, she was in Hiroshima mon Amour for Christ’sake. I think she can take the veteran spot.

  • Unlikely hood

    My grandma was looking to rent one of her old favorite films, a western that ended with a little boy shouting the name of the itinerant hero. Imagine what she thought when she accidentally watched “Shame.”

    Of course this story isn’t true, but hey what if it were?

  • Mark

    WOW! Rust & Bone snubbed? Marion is phenomenal in it! Can’t figure out why she didn’t make the cut and why Winslet did. Schoenaerts and Audiard also snubbed! How is that possible?

  • The Great Dane

    Weird that Danish film Jagten (The Hunt) keeps getting nominations (second most nomintations here after Amour) and winning best actor in Cannes – when it hasn’t even OPENED in DENMARK yet. As a Dane, it’s great to have another film getting noticed around the world (we Danes seem to do VERY well each year at the European Film Awards), but it’s frustrating to have one of our films popping up at so many award shows when we haven’t even had the chance to see the film ourselves.

  • The Great Dane

    Never mind the Cotillard snub. The European Film awards NEVER carry over to Oscars and vice versa. The Artist was mostly ignored last year by the European Film Awards – and back when The Ghost Writer swept every category and won 7 awards (a record), it didn’t even get a single Oscar nomination.

    It’s funny how these things work. So many English language film do well at the European Film Awards – but they hardly register at the Academy.

    And Cotillard getting snubbed? Keira Knightley was snubbed by the BAFTAs for Pride & Prejudice, the one place she COULD have been a frontrunner to win – it was her home base. Still, she ended up with an Oscar nomination for it.

    Statistically, Cotillard’s chances for an Oscar nomination is BETTER without a European Film Award, even though she’s such a star that it’s weird they snubbed her.

    Mikkelsen is a threat to win Best Actor, though. Amour is not guaranteed every award here.

  • Mattoc

    I would say Mikkelsen is the frontrunner. I wouldn’t mind any of those actors winning. A have a soft spot for Trintignant, but Mads gives a colossal performance that is hard to shake.

  • Joao Mattos

    François Cluzet & Omar Sy in INTOUCHABLES (Untouchable)

    Let me understand that. These two are nominated together??!?!??!?!?!? As far I can remember, I never know any other case of actors or actress being selected for an award as one and only “being” for a single nomination, not each one separated – it’s different stuff in movie festivals, when a jury make any kind of choice, like the acting wards from Cannes-2006, and in the nature of these events there is no nominations, the choices are made at once. Weird, but interesting.

  • red_wine

    “Amour is THE foreign language film of the year”

    I find this a horribly condescending sentence. What does it mean? Why not say it is THE film of the year?

  • Hans Castle

    Tinker Tailor snubbed in “Best Film”, “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay”… Probably TTSP will win in BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN and BEST COMPOSER…

  • César

    @Joao Mattos: Why not? There’s no accident – in the past it happened more than once at the European Film Awards:

    – 2001: nearly the whole male cast of Last Orders was nominated for best actor
    – 2002: the whole female cast of 8 Femmes was recognized for best actress
    – 2008: Thure Lindhardt and Mads Mikkelsen are both nominated for Flammen & Citronen

  • Joao Mattos

    Cesar, thanks for the info. Must confess that I never noticed that before. Should pay more attention to European Film Awards. Something close to that, only in Cannes happened, guess – the actor and actress prize in Cannes 2006. Still think is weird, though.

  • jorge

    i dont see who is gonna make it, but its marion or emanuelle at the oscar´s not both people… dont dream…

    and i rather to see emanuelle riva gettin in…

  • Joseph

    With word on Mirren being great in Hitchcock and Amour more likely to have a heavier campaign push, I think Cotillard could be left out at Oscar.

    Agree with the comments about Mikkelsen. I think he’s the front-runner as well. Fantastic performance and The Hunt has five nods. Riva will win for Amour.

  • César

    I’m currently watching the European Film Awards in Malta. Maybe it’s also working in North America:

    Results so far:

    Best Director: Amour
    Best Script: The Hunt
    Best Cinematography: Shame
    Best Editing: Shame
    Best Production Design: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Best Film Music: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  • César

    Actors prizes went to Trintignant and Riva – both are not in Malta. Trintignant plays theatre, Riva is ill (“high fever” – let’s hope the best).

  • César

    Best Film Amour!

    Very short Winner’s list:
    Amour – 4
    Shame – 2
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – 2
    The Hunt – 1

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