The big awards go to the LUX Prize: The Broken Circle Breakdown wins at the Césars, The Great Beauty at the Oscars

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The big awards weekend has just rounded off the most successful year ever for the LUX Prize films. Felix Van Groeningen’s LUX Prize winner The Broken Circle Breakdown and Paolo Sorrentino’s LUX Prize Official Selection film The Great Beauty have been the biggest foreign-language winners among the most important awards given out at the end of the awards season: the Césars and the Oscars, respectively.


On Friday, it was the César Awards ceremony that crowned The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix Van Groeningen’s stirring love story, the winner of the Best Foreign Film Award. Beating seasoned veterans such as Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and one of the Oscars’ big winners, Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), Van Groeningen’s movie has become the second Belgian film in history to win the César Award, following Jaco Van Dormael’s Toto the Hero, and the first ever LUX Prize winner to do so. Lead actor Johan Heldenbergh accepted the award on behalf of Van Groeningen, who was already in Los Angeles, ready to attend the Oscars ceremony.

On Sunday, it was the turn of the world’s biggest awards ceremony, the Oscars, where it was The Great Beauty’s time to shine. Paolo Sorrentino’s stunning depiction of decadence and melancholia, part of the LUX Prize Official Selection, won Best Foreign Language Film, beating the likes of Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture. Sorrentino’s film became the 14th Italian movie to win in this category, securing the country’s position as the biggest winner in the field’s history. “Thank you to my sources of inspiration: Federico Fellini, Talking Heads, Martin Scorsese and Maradona,” said the Italian filmmaker when accepting the award.

The European Parliament´s LUX Prize has therefore made a clean sweep during the awards season: since they were unveiled at Karlovy Vary, the selected films have conquered the European Film Awards and the Golden Globes, and now the icing on the cake has been dolloped on generously by the Césars and the Oscars.