Kristin Scott Thomas named best actress
The Matteo Garrone-helmed film, which won the Grand Prix in Cannes and is Italy’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar, won for film, director, actor, screenwriter and d.p.
IFC Films releases the pic in the U.S. on Dec. 19 after an Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles this week.
British thesp Kristin Scott Thomas, who was Oscar-nommed for “The English Patient,” took actress for French-language pic “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime” (I’ve Loved You So Long). Scott Thomas plays a woman released from prison after a 15-year sentence for a violent crime and goes to live with her estranged sister.
Pic, which has drawn a warm reception from critics, was released by SPC in the U.S.
U.K. helmer Steve McQueen followed his Camera d’Or win at Cannes and the debut pic prize at the British Independent Film Awards in London last week with the EFA Discovery Award for “Hunger,” about the death of Irish Republican Bobby Sands in a British jail.
“Waltz With Bashir,” “Il Divo” and “The Orphanage” came to the kudofest with four noms each but departed with little. “Bashir” took the composer kudo, “Divo” shared the actor prize for Tony Servillo (he also won for “Gomorrah”), and “Orphanage” left empty-handed.
The lifetime achievement nod went to British thesp Judi Dench, and the achievement in world cinema award was delivered to the Dogma brotherhood — Danish filmmakers Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” took the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the public.
“Gomorrah,” Matteo Garrone (Italy)
Matteo Garrone, “Gomorrah” (Italy)
Toni Servillo, “Gomorrah” (Italy), “Il Divo” (Italy-France)
Kristin Scott Thomas, “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime” (I’ve Loved You So Long) (France-Germany)
Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni di Gregorio, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Roberto Saviano, “Gomorrah” (Italy)
CARLO DI PALMA CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD
Marco Onorato for “Gomorrah” (Italy)
Magdalena Biedrzycka for costume design, “Katyn” (Poland)
Max Richter for “Waltz With Bashir” (Israel-France-Germany)
“Hunger,” Steve McQueen (U.K.)
FIPRESCI CRITICS’ AWARD
Abdellatif Kechiche, “La Graine et le mullet” (The Secret of the Grain) (France)
PIX ARTE DOCUMENTARY
“Rene,” Helena Trestikova (Czech Republic)
PRIX UIP SHORT FILM
“Frankie,” Darren Thornton (Ireland)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA
Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” David Yates (U.S.-U.K.)