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European Film Awards Announce Best Film Nominees

'Toni Erdmann' leads new nominations but faces tough opposition from three European grand masters

In line with expectations, five of the highest-profile European films of the year, four Cannes competition competitors, will vie for Best European Film at this year’s European Film Awards: Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,” Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann.”

But it’s the film from the least-known of the five directors, “Toni Erdmann” — at least until it bowed at the Cannes Festival to one of the best critical receptions in years — that leads the pack with five major European Film Award nominations, which were announced this Saturday in Seville.

Stars Isabelle Huppert has scored a nomination for best actress for “Elle,” and Hugh Grant will compete for the best actor plaudit for “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

Staged by the European Film Academy, the European Film Awards take place on Dec. 10 in Wroclaw, Poland, the European Capital of Culture 2016, on Dec. 10.

In the European Film Awards shortlists, notably only “Toni Edmann” has scored nominations in all five major categories. It is followed by four for “I, Daniel Blake,” which went on after its Cannes Palme d’Or win to score Audience Awards at Locarno and San Sebastian.

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So the European Film Awards could allow sweet revenge for Maren Ade; or go another way, becoming a tribute to one or more of Europe’s film greats.

That scenario could spell compensation for “Elle,” which has notched up three EFA nominations, but was again shut out of major kudos at Cannes, despite some rave reviews for both Huppert’s performance and for Verhoeven.

Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta” scored three main nominations — feature, director and actress for Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte — for a film which Almodovar once contemplated shooting in English.

Beyond their European heavyweight directors, the main category EFA shortlists offer further recognition for actors and actresses who, though not quite international stars, are now gleaning tributes for their career and recent performances. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, for example, receives a homage at the Seville European Festival.

Staged by the European Film Academy, the European Film Awards take place on Dec. 10 in Wroclaw, Poland, the European Capital of Culture 2016.

John Hopewell contributed to this article

EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS NOMINATIONS TO DATE:

BEST EUROPEAN FILM

“Elle,” (Paul Verhoeven, France, Germany)

“I, Daniel Blake,” (Ken Loach, U.K., France)

“Julieta,” (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain)

Room,” (Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland, Canada)

“Toni Erdmann,” (Maren Ade, Germany, Austria)

BEST EUROPEAN DIRECTOR

Paul Verhoeven

Cristian Mungiu, (“Graduation,” Romania, France, Belgium)

Ken Loach

Pedro Almodóvar

Maren Ade, (“Tony Erdmann”)

BEST EUROPEAN ACTOR

Rolf Lassgård, (“A Man Called Ove”)

Hugh Grant, (“Florence Foster Jenkins”)

Dave Johns, (“Blake”)

Burghart Klaußner, (“The People vs. Fritz Bauer”)

Peter Simonischek, (“Erdmann”)

Javier Cámara, (“Truman”)

BEST EUROPEAN ACTRESS

Isabelle Huppert, (“Elle”)

Emma Suárez & Adriana Ugarte, (“Julieta”)

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, (“Like Crazy”)

Trine Dyrholm, (“The Commune”)

Sandra Hüller, (“Erdmann”)

BEST EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER

Cristian Mungiu, (“Graduation”)

Paul Laverty, (“Blake”)

Emma Donoghue, (“Room”)

Maren Ade, (“Erdmann”)

Tomasz Wasilewski, (“United States of Love”)

BEST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY

“The Land Of The Enlightened,” (Pieter-Jan De Pue, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands)

“21 X New York,” (Piotr Stasik,Poland)

“Mr. Gaga,” (Tomer Heymann, Israel, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands)

“S is for Stanley – 30 Years At The Wheel For Stanley Kubrick,” (Alex Infascelli, Italy)

“A Family Affair,” (Tom Fassaert, the Netherlands, Belgium)

“Fire At Sea,” (Gianfranco Rosi, Italy, France)

BEST EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE

“My Life as a Zucchini,” (Claude Barras, France, Switzerland)

“Psiconautas, the forgotten children,” (Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez, Spain)

“The Red Turtle” (Michael Dudok de Wit, Japan, France, Belgium)

BEST EUROPEAN COMEDY

“A Man Called Ove,” (Hannes Holm, Sweden, Norway)

“Look Who’s Back;” (David Wnendt, Germany)

“La Vache,” (Mohamed Hamidi, France)

FIPRESCI PRIZE – BEST EUROPEAN DISCOVERY

“Dogs,” (Bogdan Mirica, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Qatar)

“Liebmann” (Jules Herrmann, Germany)

“Sand Storm,” (Elite Zexer, Israel)

“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” (Juho Kuosmanen, Finland, Sweden, Germany)

“Thirst,” (Svetla Tsotsorkova, Bulgaria)

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY FILM AWARD

“Fire at Sea,” (Gianfranco Rosi, Italy, France)

“Graduation”

“I, Daniel Blake”

“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki”

“Toni Erdmann”

BEST EUROPEAN SHORT

“The Wall”

“Edmond”

“The Goodbye”

“90 Degrees North”

“We All Love The Sea Shore”

“In The Distance”

“A Man Returned”

“Small Talk”

“I’m Not From Here”

“Home”

“The Fullness Of Time (Romance)”

“Limbo”

“Amalimbo”

“9 Days – From My Window In Aleppo”

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