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‘Youth,’ ‘The Lobster’ Lead European Film Award Nominations

Alicia Vikander, Charlotte Rampling and Colin Farrell are among those up for honors at the December 12 ceremony.

It may have left Cannes empty-handed, and arguably hasn’t made quite the splash on the festival circuit that some were expecting, but Paolo Sorrentino’s florid old-age study “Youth” rallied with the announcement of this year’s European Film Award nominations. The Fox Searchlight awards hopeful scored bids in all five top categories — Best European Film, Director, Screenwriter, Actor (Michael Caine) and Actress (Rachel Weisz). They will be hoping that the European Film Academy is as Sorrentino-smitten as they were two years ago, when “The Great Beauty” swept the board.

Also landing five citations, including Best Film, Director, Actor and a previously announced technical win for costume design, was Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly comic fantasy “The Lobster.” It’s been a great week for the offbeat Colin Farrell starrer: It also topped the British Independent Film Award nods on Tuesday.

Joining “Youth” and “The Lobster” in the top category are German helmer Sebastian Schipper’s propulsive single-take thriller “Victoria” and a trio of submissions for this year’s foreign-language Oscar: Iceland’s “Rams” (winner of the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes this year), France’s “Mustang” and Sweden’s Venice 2014 champ “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.”

Missing out in the Best Film and Director races, but scoring writing and acting nods, are a pair of British entries that performed well with BIFA earlier this week: Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years” and Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina,” for which Swedish star Alicia Vikander received a Best Actress nod. BIFA preferred her in the EFA-ineligible “The Danish Girl”; between the two films, Vikander looks set for a busy red-carpet season.

Many will be surprised to see Hungary’s “Son of Saul” nowhere on the list, though the acclaimed Holocaust drama wasn’t overlooked; rather, it was never entered for the awards in the first place, due to a disagreement over screener distribution. Notable eligible films that failed to make the nominee list, however, include Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Days,” Corneliu Porumboiu’s “The Treasure,” Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales,” Paul King’s “Paddington” and Liv Ullmann’s “Miss Julie.”

This year’s European Film Awards will be presented in Berlin on December 12. Last year’s top honors went to Pawel Pawlikowski’s eventual Oscar winner “Ida.” The full list of nominations is as follows:

Best European Film
“The Lobster”
“Mustang”
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
“Rams”
“Victoria”
“Youth”

Best European Director
Malgorzata Szumowska, “Body”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster”
Nanni Moretti, “Mia Madre”
Roy Andersson, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
Sebastian Schipper, “Victoria”
Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth”

Best European Actor
Michael Caine, “Youth”
Tom Courtenay, “45 Years”
Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Christian Friedel, “13 Minutes”
Vincent Lindon, “The Measure of a Man”

Best European Actress
Margherita Buy, “Mia Madre”
Laia Costa, “Victoria”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Rachel Weisz, “Youth”

Best European Screenwriter
Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu, “Aferim!”
Alex Garland, “Ex Machina”
Andrew Haigh, “45 Years”
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, “The Lobster”
Roy Andersson, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”
Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth”

Best European Documentary
“Amy”
“Dancing with Maria”
“The Look of Silence”
“A Syrian Love Story”
“Toto and His Sisters”

Best European Animated Feature
“Adama”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“Song of the Sea”

Best European Comedy
“The Belier Family”
“The Brand New Testament”
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”

Fipresci Prize – Best European Discovery
“Goodnight Mommy”
“Limbo”
“Mustang”
“Slow West”
“Summers Downstairs”

Best European Short
“Dissonance”
“E.T.E.R.N.I.T.”
“Field Study”
“Kung Fury”
“Listen”
“Our Body”
“Over”
“Picnic”
“The Runner”
“Smile, and the World Will Smile Back”
“Son of the Wolf”
“Symbolic Threats”
“This Place We Call Our Home”
“The Translator”
“Washingtonia”

TECHNICAL WINNERS (previously announced)

Best European Cinematographer
Martin Gschlacht, “Goodnight Mommy”

Best European Editor
Jacek Drosio, “Body”

Best European Composer
Cat’s Eyes, “The Duke of Burgundy”

Best European Production Designer
Sylvie Olive, “The Brand New Testament”

Best European Costume Designer
Sarah Blenkinsop, “The Lobster”

Best European Sound Designer
Vasco Pimentel and Miguel Martins, “Arabian Nights”

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