The Venice Film Festival came to a close with an awards ceremony filled with suspense and controversy, “The Master” being judged TOO GOOD and having to give up one of its prizes because of a rule in the festival’s guideline preventing a single film from winning too many awards.
Of course, that’s bittersweet for Paul Thomas Anderson and his cast, but augurs well for the pending awards season. Could Philip Seymour Hoffman pick up another gold statuette? Could Joaquin Phoenix earn the Oscar many thought he deserved for “Walk the Line”?
We’ll find out all too soon. Here’s the official word:
The 69th Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for Best Film went to Pieta by KIM Ki-duk (Republic of Korea).
Silver Lion for Best Director to The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA). Special Jury Prize to Paradies: Glaube by Ulrich Seidl (Austria, Germany, France).
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor went to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix in the film The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA).
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress to Hadas Yaron in the film Lemale Et Ha’Chalal by Rama Bursthein (Israel).