In American films, 2007 has been the year of the unwanted pregnancy, with Knocked Up, Waitress, and Juno all tackling the subject. Turns out Europe is thinking along the same lines, as the abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days took awards for best picture and best director (Cristian Mungiu) Saturday at the 20th annual European Film Awards.

4 Months has won numerous prizes at film festivals, including three at Cannes alone. It is Romania's entry for the Oscars' foreign-language category and is almost sure to get a nomination, especially now that the European Film Awards have honored it.

The Queen managed to snag two more awards a full eight months after it was honored at the Oscars; for the European Film Awards, the eligibility goes from July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007. Helen Mirren was named best actress, and Alexandre Desplat's musical score got a prize. Scientists predict that The Queen will still be winning prizes decades from now.

In a bit of a surprise, Sasson Gabai won best actor for Israel's The Band's Visit, and the film also won the "discovery" award. It was some welcome attention for a film that has been shamefully treated elsewhere: bounced from the foreign-language Oscar category for having too much English in it, and kicked out of the Cairo International Film Festival for being a product of Israel. (The folks at the European Film Awards aren't nearly as judgmental. Heck, they let the film participate even though Israel isn't even in Europe!)

The only other film to win multiple awards was Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, which took prizes for its cinematography (Frank Griebe) and production design (Uli Hanisch). Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers won the documentary prize, and the critics award went to Alain Resnais' Private Fears in Public Places (Coeurs). Jean-Luc Godard won the lifetime achievement award ... but wasn't there to collect it. Perhaps he'll sneak in later and steal it.
categories Awards, Cinematical