Director's 'Rabbit' was a box office hit

After being snubbed by the German Film Academy, Til Schweiger has won the Ernst Lubitsch award for the year’s best comedy performance in a feature film for his box office hit “Rabbit Without Ears.”

Handed out by local critics’ org Club der Berliner Filmjournalisten, Schweiger received the award Saturday night at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg’s annual Berlinale shindig.

In presenting the award, fellow thesp and last year’s award winner Juergen Vogel joked, “I’m really glad Til got this award because he probably would have quit the Berlinale if he hadn’t.”

Incensed that “Keinohrhasen” was ignored by the Lolas, Schweiger left the German Film Academy last month in protest and has since announced plans to create a new audience award set to bow next year.

The local crix association has been handing out the Ernst Lubitsch prize since 1957, when it was initiated by Billy Wilder.

Released by Warner Bros., “Keinohrhasen” has become the most successful German film of the past 12 months, generating more than $40 million at the local box office. Schweiger also took the opportunity at the event to repay the Medienboard E1.1 million in production and distribution grants for “Keinohrhasen.”

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