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European Film Award nominations are in!

In-between all the American greats getting nomination after nomination, it’s nice to get a relaxing break from all the Hollywood thrills and spills to take a look at the successes of our often nobler, sometimes harder to understand European friends. That’s right, the nominations for the European Film Awards are officially done with. We’ll have more information on the winners as it becomes available but for now, since it’s the weekend, just have a quick look over the nominees as they stand. Recognisable names include Timothy Spall for Mr Turner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Tom Hardy and Marion Cotillard, all of whom have acting nominations. So here’s the list, courtesy of Deadline:

European Comedy
The Mafia Only Kills In Summer, dir: Pierfrancesco Diliberto (Italy)

European Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night (Belgium)

People’s Choice Award
Ida, dir: Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland)

European Director
Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida (Poland)

European Editor
Justine Wright, Locke (UK)

European Cinematographer
Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida (Poland)

European Costume Designer
Natascha Curtius-Noss, The Dark Valley (Austria/Germany)

European Production Designer
Claus-Rudolf Amler, The Dark Valley (Austria/Germany)

European Composer
Mica Levi, Under The Skin (UK)

European Sound Designer
Joakim Sundström, Starred Up (UK)

European Actor
Timothy Spall, Mr Turner (UK)

European Co-Production Award 2014 – Prix Eurimages
Ed Guiney

European Animated Feature Film
The Art Of Happiness, dir: Alessandro Rak (Italy)

European Documentary
Master Of The Universe, dir: Marc Bauder (Germany/Austria)

European Screenwriter
Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz – Ida (Poland)

European Achievement in World Cinema
Steve McQueen

European Short Film
The Chicken, dir: Una Gunjak (Germany/Croatia)

European Discovery – FIPRESCI Prize
The Tribe, dir: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky (Ukraine)

The odds are definitely in the favour of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida with five separate nominations. Steve McQueen is a name we’ve not seen since last year’s 12 Years a Slave  won over the Academy. Nicest surprise is most certainly Under The Skin’s Mica Levi for his innovative score for the science fiction thriller. The awards will take place at The Latvian National Opera house in Riga.

Who do you want to see take home the prize?

Get ready to be creeped out: Trailer for David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows”

During these cold winter evenings, there is nothing quite so cockle-warming as 77 seconds of skin-crawling creeptastic-ful…ness. Well, look no furhter than right here! This is the first teaser trailer for It Follows, a horror/thriller from The Myth of the American Sleepover director David Robert Mitchell. For a trailer that tells you absolutely nothing about the plot, this teaser is an insanely good endorsement for the film. It stars Labor Day actress Maika Monroe, who looks to be out to make a name for herself, and this could be the way to do it. Be sure to keep the lights on or have some kind of stuffed animal to hand when you watch this: an example of how to make nothing happening look as creepy as an iguana porno. Straight from Youtube:

Not bad right? How about some plot detail to go along with that? Monroe plays a girl who sleeps with a man she used to go to school with and winds up cursed. The curse manifests itself as a sensation that someone is always following her, hence the title of the film. This trailer might be the best horror/thriller teaser I’ve seen since Under The Skin, and that was pretty damn creepy! It Follows is making huge waves at the festivals including the TIFF, and the release is currently scheduled for 4th February 2015.

Scary right?

Gotham Awards – All the Winners

The Gotham Independant Film Awards made a lot of people very happy on Monday. Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People all had multiple nominations, and the good thing about this particularly ceremony is its unpredictability, if not for its nominees then for its winners. Last year Inside Llewyn Davis beat 12 Years a Slave for Best Feature, and relative unknown Fruitvale Station took home Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan respectively.

I’m not gonna mix all the winners up in a few paragraphs and make you pick them out, because that’s not cool. So here are the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards. Have a look!

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Love Is Strange
Under the Skin

Best Actress

Julianne Moore in Still Alice — WINNER
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw — Beyond the Lights
Scarlett Johansson — Under the Skin
Mia Wasikowska — Tracks

Best Actor

Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER

Bill Hader — The Skeleton Twins
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Oscar Isaac — A Most Violent Year
Miles Teller — Whiplash

(Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum received a special Gotham Jury Award from the Best Actor nominating panel for their collective performances in Foxcatcher.)

Steve Carell accepting his prize...the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.
Steve Carell accepting his prize…the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.

Best Documentary

CITIZENFOUR — WINNER                                                                                Actress                                                                                                                                  Life Itself                                                                                                              Manakamana                                                                                                                          Point and Shoot

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant

Chloé Zhao, director — Songs My Brothers Taught Me — WINNER
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams 
Claire Carré, director, Embers

Independent Film Audience Award

Boyhood — WINNER

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ana Lily Amirpour in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — WINNER
James Ward Byrkit — Coherence
Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Eliza Hittman — It Felt Like Love
Justin Simien — Dear White People

Breakthrough Actor
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People — WINNER

Riz Ahmed — Nightcrawler
Macon Blair — Blue Ruin
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Joey King — Wish I Was Here
Jenny Slate — Obvious Child

Phew, well there we have it. Birdman was the only film to win multiple awards and it was a relief to see Foxcatcher take away a special award in the end. It was a good mix of winners and the nominations overall reflect perfectly where the real talent was hiding this year.

What did you think of the winners? Any travesties of justice?