Matteo Garrone's Italian mafia movie Gomorrah swept the board at the European Film Awards in Copenhagen, Denmark - scooping five of the annual event's most prestigious gongs.
The adaptation of Roberto Saviano's bestselling and controversial book was named Europe's Best Film, with Italian moviemaker Garrone accepting the award on behalf of his cast. Garrone was also named Best Director.
I'm completely overwhelmed, thank you for your kindness. It is an incredible thing to receive this award and I'm truly grateful.
Veteran star Dame Judi Dench was honored for her long-running movie career, and received a rousing reception by fellow guests at the bash on Saturday (06Dec09).
The actress accepted her award from Casino Royale co-star Mads Mikkelsen and was overcome with emotion as she made her speech.
She told the crowd, "I'm completely overwhelmed, thank you for your kindness. It is an incredible thing to receive this award and I'm truly grateful."
Fellow Brit Kristin Scott Thomas claimed the Best European Actress honor for her portrayal of a woman convicted for killing her son in French-language movie I've Loved You So Long.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was named the People's Choice Award winner for Best Film.
The full list of winners is:
Best Picture: Gomorrah
Best Director: Matteo Garrone, Gomorrah
Best Actor: Toni Servillo, Gomorrah and Il Divo
Best Actress: Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long"
Best Screenplay: Gomorrah Best Cinematography: Gomorrah
Prix D'excellence: Magdalena Biedrzycka (costume design for Katyn)
Best Music Composition: Max Richter, Waltz With Bashir
European Discovery: Hunger Critics' Award: Abdellatif Kechiche, The Secret of the Grain/Couscous
Best Documentary: Rene
Best Short Film: Frankie
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dame Judi Dench
European Achievement In World Cinema: Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Kristian Levring, Lars Von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg
People's Choice Award: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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