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Venice Film Festival award winners include “The Favourite” and “Roma”


Over the weekend, the Venice Film Festival gave out their prizes for the 75th time in their history. This time around, the fest opted to spread the love quite a bit with their awards. At the same time, they went back to the well in a way, rewarding filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron once again. Previously, they had honored him with a prize for Gravity, but this time around, it was for his passion project Roma. That led the way with the top prize, though overall, The Favourite from Yorgos Lanthimos was the most honored, among the In Competition titles. We’ll get to all of the victors soon, but before that, a quick word on the Oscar hopefuls that did well over in Italy.

Below, you’ll be able to see every one of the awards given out at the Venice Film Festival. As a quick preview, the Golden Lion went to Cuaron’s Roma, while the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize went to Lanthimos’ The Favourite, which also took Best Actress, giving the honor to Olivia Colman. The Silver Lion Best Director award went to Jacques Audiard for The Sisters Brothers, while Best Actor was given to Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate. Finally, Best Screenplay went to Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, along with a Special Jury Prize being handed out to Jennifer Kent for The Nightingale. Other awards were given out too, which you can see next…

Here now are the winners of the 75th Venice Film Festival:


Venice 75 Awards

In Competition

Golden Lion: Roma, dir. Alfonso Cuaron
Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: The Favourite, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
Silver Lion Best Director: The Sisters Brothers, dir. Jacques Audiard
Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Olivia Colman in The Favourite
Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate
Best Screenplay Award: Joel & Ethan Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Special Jury Prize: The Nightingale, dir. Jennifer Kent
Marcello Mastroianni Award: Baykali Ganambarr for The Nightingale

Horizons Awards

Best Film: Kraben Rahu, dir Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Best Director: Ozen, dir. Emir Baigazin
Special Jury Prize: Anons, dir. Mahmut Fazil Coskun
Best Actress: Natalya Kudryashova in The Man Who Surprised Everyone
Best Actor: Kais Nashif in Tel Aviv on Fire
Best Screenplay: Pema Tseden, Jinpa

Lion of the Future

Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film: The Day I Lost My Shadow, dir. Soudade Kaadan

Venice Classics

Best Documentary on Cinema: The Great Buster: A Celebration, dir. Peter Bogdanovich
Best Restored Film: The Night of the Shooting Stars, dir. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

Venice VR

Best VR Film: Spheres, dir. Eliza McNitt
Best VR Experience Award: Buddy VR, dir. Chuck Chae
Best VR Story Award: I’iIe des morts, dir. Benjamin Nuel

Queer Lion

Jose, dir. Li Cheng


As you can see above, Venice spread the love around about as best they could. For what it’s worth, the Golden Lion last year went to The Shape of Water and Gulliermo del Toro, which did take Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars. So, this is a great start for Roma. Likewise, both Colman and Dafoe could begin the long walk to nominations with these citations. The rest are less likely to translate with the Academy, but we shall see. The slate did do a nice job of legitimizing The Favourite as a potential frontrunner. In addition, The Sisters Brothers remains a fringe contender. It will be interesting to see how these contenders fare as the season progresses. Especially if one manages to take the coveted Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, watch out…

Stay tuned to see if any of the Venice winners translate into Academy Award winners!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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