Grand Prix (Belgian Film Critics Association)

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The Grand Prix is an award presented annually by the Belgian Film Critics Association (French: Union de la Critique de Cinéma, UCC), an organization of film critics from publications based in Brussels, Belgium.

The Grand Prix was introduced in 1954 by the organizing committee to honor the "film that contributed the most to the enrichment and influence of cinema".[1] In December of each year, the organization meets to vote for films released in the previous calendar year. To determine the nominations, ballots are sent in by the members – select knowledgeable film enthusiasts, academics, filmmakers, and journalists – and subsequently tabulated in order to decide the winner.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following lists, the first titles listed are winners. These are also in bold and; those not in bold are nominees.

1950s[edit]

Year Film Director
1955 Neapolitan Carousel (Carosello napoletano) Ettore Giannini
1956 Children, Mother, and the General (Kinder, Mütter und ein General) László Benedek
1957 Picnic Joshua Logan
1958 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet
1959 Paths of Glory Stanley Kubrick

1960s[edit]

Year Film Director
1960 Hiroshima mon amour Alain Resnais
1961 The Left Handed Gun Arthur Penn
1962 Viridiana Luis Buñuel
1963 The Miracle Worker Arthur Penn
1964 Ride the High Country Sam Peckinpah
1965 Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick
1966 The Knack ...and How to Get It Richard Lester
1967 The Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna) Hiroshi Teshigahara
1968 Accident Joseph Losey
1969 Daisies (Sedmikrásky) Věra Chytilová

1970s[edit]

Year Film Director
1970 Ådalen 31 Bo Widerberg
1971 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Sydney Pollack
1972 The Conformist (Il conformista) Bernardo Bertolucci
1973 Cabaret Bob Fosse
1974 Fat City John Huston
1975 Somewhere Beyond Love (Delitto d'amore) Luigi Comencini
1976 Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) Werner Herzog
1977 A Woman Under the Influence John Cassavetes
1978 Dodes'ka-den (Dodesukaden) Akira Kurosawa
1979 Harlan County, USA Barbara Kopple

1980s[edit]

Year Film Director
1980 Newsfront Phillip Noyce
1981 The Herd (Sürü) Zeki Ökten
1982 The Elephant Man David Lynch
1983 Cutter's Way Ivan Passer
1984 Zelig Woody Allen
1985 The Draughtsman's Contract Peter Greenaway
1986 Stranger Than Paradise Jim Jarmusch
1987 Alpine Fire (Höhenfeuer) Fredi M. Murer
1988 Wings of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) Wim Wenders
1989
[2]
Bird Clint Eastwood
Babette's Feast (Babettes gæstebud) Gabriel Axel
Lunga vita alla signora! Ermanno Olmi
Hope and Glory John Boorman
House of Games David Mamet

1990s[edit]

Year Film Director
1990
[3]
Distant Voices, Still Lives Terence Davies
Black Rain (Kuroi ame) Shohei Imamura
Dead Ringers David Cronenberg
Do the Right Thing Spike Lee
Tucker: The Man and His Dream Francis Ford Coppola
1991
[4]
A Short Film About Love (Krótki film o miłości) Krzysztof Kieślowski
Freeze Die Come to Life (Zamri, umri, voskresni!) Vitali Kanevsky
Roger & Me Michael Moore
The Hairdresser's Husband (Le Mari de la Coiffeuse) Patrice Leconte
Wild at Heart David Lynch
1992
[5]
An Angel at My Table Jane Campion
Barton Fink Joel and Ethan Coen
Delicatessen Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Miller's Crossing Joel and Ethan Coen
The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme
1993
[6]
Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) Zhang Yimou
Jacquot de Nantes Agnès Varda
Riff-Raff Ken Loach
The Stolen Children (Il ladro di bambini) Gianni Amelio
Trust Hal Hartley
1994
[7]
Raining Stones Ken Loach
City of Hope John Sayles
Naked Mike Leigh
One False Move Carl Franklin
Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino
1995
[8][9]
Exotica Atom Egoyan
Dear Diary (Caro diario) Nanni Moretti
Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino
Ruby in Paradise Victor Nuñez
What's Eating Gilbert Grape Lasse Hallström
1996
[10][11]
Little Odessa James Gray
Before the Rain (Pred doždot) Milcho Manchevski
Ed Wood Tim Burton
Heavenly Creatures Peter Jackson
Once Were Warriors Lee Tamahori
1997
[12]
Drifting Clouds (Kauas pilvet karkaavat) Aki Kaurismäki
Bound The Wachowskis
Crash David Cronenberg
Fargo Joel and Ethan Coen
La Promesse Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
1998
[13]
Lone Star John Sayles
The Life of Jesus (La vie de Jésus) Bruno Dumont
Lost Highway David Lynch
The Full Monty Peter Cattaneo
When We Were Kings Leon Gast
1999
[14][15]
Hana-bi Takeshi Kitano
Jackie Brown Quentin Tarantino
Only God Sees Me (Dieu seul me voit) Bruno Podalydès
The Big Lebowski Joel and Ethan Coen
The General John Boorman

2000s[edit]

Year Film Director
2000
[16]
The Celebration (Festen) Thomas Vinterberg
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Jim Jarmusch
Happiness Todd Solondz
Run Lola Run (Lola rennt) Tom Tykwer
The Wind Will Carry Us (Bad ma ra khahad bord) Abbas Kiarostami
2001
[17]
In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wa) Wong Kar-wai
American Beauty Sam Mendes
Our Lady of the Assassins (La virgen de los sicarios) Barbet Schroeder
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) Hayao Miyazaki
Suzhou River (Sūzhōu Hé) Lou Ye
2002
[18]
Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu
Memento Christopher Nolan
The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse) Agnès Varda
The Pledge Sean Penn
Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Yi Yi) Edward Yang
2003
[19]
Strokes of Fire (Chi-hwa-seon) Im Kwon-taek
Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore
Ghost World Terry Zwigoff
Hop Dominique Standaert
Lantana Ray Lawrence
2004
[20]
The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventù) Marco Tullio Giordana
Adaptation Spike Jonze
Punch-Drunk Love Paul Thomas Anderson
Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) Hayao Miyazaki
The Quiet American Phillip Noyce
2005
[21]
Oldboy (Oldeuboi) Park Chan-wook
American Splendor Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Michel Gondry
Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola
2006
[22]
3-Iron (Bin-jip) Kim Ki-duk
A History of Violence David Cronenberg
Sideways Alexander Payne
The Sea Inside (Mar adentro) Alejandro Amenábar
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Tommy Lee Jones
2007
[23]
Syriana Stephen Gaghan
Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) Guillermo del Toro
The Page Turner (Tourneuse de pages) Denis Dercourt
The Squid and the Whale Noah Baumbach
The Wayward Cloud (Tiānbiān yī duǒ yún) Tsai Ming-Liang
2008
[24]
The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) Fatih Akın
12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?) Corneliu Porumboiu
Curse of the Golden Flower (Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia) Zhang Yimou
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon) Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Host (Goemul) Bong Joon-ho
2009
[25][26]
Hunger Steve McQueen
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Sidney Lumet
Gomorrah (Gomorra) Matteo Garrone
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson
Two Lovers James Gray

2010s[edit]

Year Film Director
2010
[27]
Antichrist Lars von Trier
A Prophet (Un prophète) Jacques Audiard
Fish Tank Andrea Arnold
Il Divo Paolo Sorrentino
Still Walking (Aruitemo aruitemo) Hirokazu Kore-eda
2011
[28]
A Single Man Tom Ford
Another Year Mike Leigh
Fantastic Mr. Fox Wes Anderson
Mother (Madeo) Bong Joon-ho
Poetry (Shi) Lee Chang-dong
2012
[29]
The Artist Michel Hazanavicius
A Separation (Jodái-e Náder az Simin) Asghar Farhadi
Drive Nicolas Winding Refn
Essential Killing Jerzy Skolimowski
Winter's Bone Debra Granik
2013
[30]
Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin
Ernest & Celestine (Ernest et Célestine) Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier
Killer Joe William Friedkin
Take Shelter Jeff Nichols
Shame Steve McQueen
2014
[31]
Mud Jeff Nichols
Blue Is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2) Abdellatif Kechiche
Spring Breakers Harmony Korine
The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) Paolo Sorrentino
Oh Boy! Jan Ole Gerster

References[edit]

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