Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" -- starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kiefer Sutherland -- picked up the prize for the best European film of the year at the 2011 European Film Awards show on Saturday.
The 24th European Film Awards presentation took place in Berlin for the first time since 2007. Featuring a host of actors, celebrities, and fashionistas, the annual event honors achievements in European cinema.
Apart from receiving the award for the best movie, "Melancholia" also won awards for the best cinematographer (Manuel Alberto Claro) and production designer (Jette Lehmann). Other big winners included the British historical drama "The King's Speech," directed by Tom Hooper.
Actor Colin Firth from "The King's Speech" won the award for best European actor. The movie also received awards for the best editor and the people's choice award.
Other notable award winners were Tilda Swinton for best European actress ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") and Susanne Bier for the best European director ("Hævnen/In a Better World").
Take a look at the complete list of awards below:
- European Film: "Melancholia"
- European Director: Susanne Bier for "Hævnen/In a Better World"
- European Actress: Tilda Swinton in "We Need To Talk About Kevin"
- European Actor: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"
- European Screenwriter: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for "Le Gamin Au Velo/The Kid with a Bike"
- Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer Award: Manuel Alberto Claro for "Melancholia"
- European Editor: Tariq Anwar for "The King's Speech"
- European Production Designer: Jette Lehmann for "Melancholia"
- European Composer: Ludovic Bource for "The Artist"
- European Discovery: "Adem/Oxygen," by Hans Van Nuffel, Belgium/The Netherlands
- European Film Academy Documentary -- Prix Arte: "Pina" by Wim Wenders, Germany
- European Film Academy Animated Feature Film: "Chico & Rita," by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, and Fernando Trueba
- European Film Academy Short Film: "The Wholly Family" by Terry Gilliam, Italy
- European Co-Production Award: Mariela Besuievsky, Spain
- European Achievement in World Cinema: Mads Mikkelsen, Denmark
- European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award: Stephen Frears, UK
- European Film Academy Special Honorary Award: Michel Piccoli, France
- The People's Choice Award 2011: "The King's Speech," directed by Tom Hooper, UK