Michael Haneke'sHidden (Cache) was the big winner atSaturday night's European Film Awards in
TheFrench-Austrian-German-Italian co-production also won best director for Haneke, best actor for Daniel Auteil,best editing for Michael Hudecek and Nadine Muse, andthe FIPRESCI critics' prize.
It was a vindicationfor Haneke, as Hiddenhas been ruled ineligible as
"I haven't thought of anything to say," he said. "When one is nominated so often, I ought to have thought of something [for each award]," - whether intended as a joke, it was perceived as arrogant and there were boos, but by the time his fifth award came around, Haneke was delivering more standard acceptance speeches. It was all part of an challenging night, the Academy's first self-produced event, which dramatically over-ran and was based on an elaborate culinary theme which quickly became overdone.
The night's otherbig winner and a crowd-pleaser in its native
The Prix ScreenInternational for best non-European film went to George Clooney's GoodNight, And Good Luck. The director thankedthe Academy in a taped transmission..
The biggest ovationof the evening went to this year's European Film Academy Lifetime AchievementAward winner, Sir Sean Connery, and was presented by his Name Of The Rose director, Jean-Jacques Annaud. Connery proceeded to invite the entire audience -and, presumably, the TV audience watching across
Other winners ofthe night included Paradise Now's Hany Abu-Assad and Bero Beyer (screenwriting),
The EFAs this year were staged around a culinarytheme, and kicked off with Academy board members including Wim Wenders and Dieter Kosslick in the kitchen cooking for guests. While it started off well, endless repetition in an over-long ceremony resulted in something of a Europudding. But, as Connery said, he enjoyed the parts of theevening which didn't work as much as those that did.
Hidden(Cache) directed by Michael Haneke
MichaelHaneke for Hidden (Cache)
JuliaJentsch in Sophie Scholl - The Final Days(Germany)
DanielAuteuil in Hidden (Cache)
HanyAbu-Assad & Bero Beyer, Palestine, for Paradise Now
FranzLustig for Don't Come Knocking
RupertGregson-Williams/Andrea Guerra for Hotel Rwanda,
MichaelHudecek/ Nadine Muse for Hidden (Cache)
AlineBonetto for A Very Long Engagement
EuropeanFilm Academy Discovery - Prix Fassbinder
Accused directed by Jakob Thuese
PrixScreen International for non-European film.
GoodNight, And Good Luck, directed by George Clooney
MarcRothemund for Sophie Scholl - The Final Days
Best European Actor
OrlandoBloom in Kingdom Of Heaven
JuliaJentsch for Sophie Scholl - The Final Days