Last night, Paolo Sorrentino took home the European Film Award for Best Film and Best Director for Youth, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, and Jane Fonda. Caine won Best Actor for his starring role in the film as an aging artist. He was also awarded a lifetime achievement honor, the European Academy’s Honorary Award.
Charlotte Rampling was also a top winner, with two European Film Awards for Best Actress in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, in which she plays one half of a couple facing their 45th wedding anniversary. An unexpected letter changes the course of their relationship. Rampling also won a lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy.
Other winners included The Lobster (Best Screenplay), Yorgos Lanthimos’ dystopian drama about the terrifying future of our romantic relationships. Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse doc, Amy, took home the award for Best Documentary. Best Comedy went to A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, and the People’s Choice winner was the Spanish thriller Marshland from Alberto Rodríguez.