Written by: FFT Webmaster | November 9th, 2011
Controversial director Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic drama MELANCHOLIA was the big winner with 8 nominations for this year’s 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. Bier, the Dardennes, Kaurismaki, von Trier and Bela Tarr (THE TURIN HORSE) were named contenders in the Best Director category. Up for Best Acting prizes are Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg for MELANCHOLIA, Tilda Swinton for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Jean Dujardin for THE ARTIST and Oscar winner Colin Firth for THE KING’S SPEECH. 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.