Five EU-supported films make it to the Oscar nominations 2019
Five films supported by the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme will compete this year in the 91th Academy Awards ceremony that will be held on Sunday 24 February. In the last years, films supported by the MEDIA programme brought the Oscars home, including “Call me by your name”, “Amour”, “La Grande Bellezza”, “Son of Saul” or “Slumdog Millionnaire”.
EU funded films are once again present across the various categories. The MEDIA-supported film “The Favourite” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos has been nominated in nothing but ten categories, including best picture, best actress for Olivia Colman, best director, best supporting actress (both for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) and best original screenplay. The film received € 50.000 from MEDIA under the Development Single Scheme.
“Cold War” (Zimna Wojna) by Pawel Pawlikowski also gathered recognition in three categories, in particular best director, best cinematography and best foreign language film. The Polish-French-UK co-production was supported by MEDIA with € 1.148.699, mainly for its distribution in more than 26 territories.
The other title nominated to best foreign language film is “Never Look Away” (Werk ohne Autor) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was supported by MEDIA with € 4.594 for its distribution in Portugal.
Ali Abbasi’s “Border” (Gräns) is one of the nominees in the makeup and hairstyling section. This Danish-Swedish co-production was supported by MEDIA with € 669.707, mainly for its distribution in 28 territories.
Last but not least, “The Wife” is nominated to best actress in a leading role, for Glenn Close. The film by Bjorn Runge received € 40.000 from MEDIA under the Development State Scheme and € 55.930 for its distribution in Belgium and the Netherlands.
These five films, supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme with over 1,9 millions, account for 16 nominations.
About Creative Europe MEDIA
Creative Europe MEDIA supports the European audio-visual sector, including the film, documentary, TV and videogames industries. It provides funding for the development, promotion and distribution of European works within Europe and beyond; invests in the training of professionals in the field; and helps companies from the cultural and creative sectors get access to finance via the Guarantee Facility mechanism. Each year, Creative Europe MEDIA supports around 2,000 European projects.