'Melancholia' wins top prize at European Film Awards

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Lars von Trier’s end-of-the-world opus Melancholia dominated the 2011 European Film Awards, taking home three prizes, including Best Film. The controversial von Trier lost the Best Director prize to protégé Susanne Bier for In a Better World, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film last February.

Speaking of the last Oscars, Best Picture winner The King’s Speech still isn’t finished taking home prizes: Colin Firth won best actor, and Tariq Anwar took home best editing for the perpetual awards circuit darling. Tilda Swinton, meanwhile, won best actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin. Check out the major winners below: 

European Film of 2011:
Melancholia

European Director:
Susanne Bier, Hævnen (In a Better World)

European Actress:
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

European Actor:
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

European Screenwriter:
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike)

European Cinematographer:
Manuel Alberto Claro, Melancholia

European Editor:
Tariq Anwar, The King’s Speech

European Production Designer:
Jette Lehmann, Melancholia

European Composer:
Ludovic Bource, The Artist

European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award:
Stephen Frears

People’s Choice Award:
The King’s Speech

Read more:
Oscar predictions: Three months to go
Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard as newlyweds in ‘Melancholia’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
EW’s review of ‘Melancholia’

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