The 24th Annual European Film Awards were announced during a ceremony in Berlin Saturday night and Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" dominated the show winning three awards including European Film (best film), European Cinematographer (Manuel Alberto Claro) and European Production Designer (Jette Lehmann).
Unlike the BAFTAs which feature a cross section of Academy and U.S. guild members, the European Film Awards have little connection or relevance to the U.S. awards season. 2,400 members vote on the awards and the last three European Film Award winners included "The Ghost Writer," "The White Ribbon" and "Gmorrah." The latter wasn't even nominated for foreign language film and "White Ribbon" lost that category. Polanski's excellent "Ghost Writer " was completely overlooked by the Academy. The organization also has a strange calendar year which found "The King's Speech" eligible for this year's slate of awards. That lead to Colin Firth winning the European Actor award this year for the flick.