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BERLIN — Dani Levy’s Jewish-German comedy “Alles Auf Zucker!” (Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy) led German Film Award contenders with 10 nominations Monday, including feature, director and acting honors for Hannelore Elsner and Henry Huebchen.

Volker Schlondorff’s Nazi-era drama “The Ninth Day” followed with eight Lola noms, among them feature and male thesp for lead stars August Diehl and Ulrich Matthes.

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Oscar-nominated “Downfall” picked up three noms in the acting categories: Bruno Ganz for his performance as Adolf Hitler, and Corinna Harfouch and Juliane Koehler for their respective roles of Magda Goebbels and Eva Braun.

Other film nominees were Oskar Roehler’s “Agnes and His Brothers,” about a highly dysfunctional family; Hans Weingartner’s tale of modern-day anarchists, “The Edukators”; Marc Rothemund’s “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days,” about WWII-era German dissident; and “The Forest for the Trees,” from Maren Ade, about a teacher’s first job.

Nominees were chosen by the 600 members of the German Film Academy, established in 2003, for the first time. Previous noms had been selected by a jury of representatives from arts, politics, economy, church and education.

The federal government bestows E2.85 million ($3.65 million) as part of the awards.

Ceremony will be held July 8 in Berlin and hosted by comedian and director Michael Herbig, director of Germany’s most successful films of all time, “Manitu’s Shoe” and “Spaceship Surprise — Period One.”

Complete list of nominations

Film

“Agnes and His Brothers,” director Oskar Roehler
“Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy,” director Dani Levy
“The Ninth Day,” director Volker Schlondorff
“The Forest for the Trees,” director Maren Ade
“The Edukators,” director Hans Weingartner
“Sophie Scholl: The Final Days,” Marc Rothemund

Director

Dani Levy (“Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy “)
Volker Schlondorff (“The Ninth Day”)
Hans Weingartner (“The Edukators”)

Actress

Hannelore Elsner (“Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy”)
Julia Jentsch (“Sophie Scholl: The Final Days”)
Jessica Schwarz (“Off Beat”)

Actor

August Diehl (“The Ninth Day”)
Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”)
Henry Huebchen (“Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy”)
Ulrich Matthes (“The Ninth Day”)

Supporting Actress

Corinna Harfouch (“Downfall”)
Juliane Koehler (“Downfall”)
Katja Riemann (“Agnes and His Brothers”)
Ingeborg Westphal (“Off Beat”)

Supporting Actor

Burghart Klaussner (“The Edukators”)
Uwe Ochsenknecht (“Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe”)
Udo Samel (“Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy”)

Cinematography

Hans-Guenther Buecking (“Schneeland”)
Martin Langer (“Sophie Scholl: The Final Days”)
Franz Lustig (“Land of Plenty”)

Documentary

“Rhythm is It!” director Thomas Grube and Enrique Sanchez Lansch
“Touch the Sound,” director Thomas Riedelsheimer

Children’s Film
“Die Wilden Kerle II,” director Joachim Masannek
“Laura’s Star,” director Piet De Rycker and Thilo Rothkirch

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