Masaryk wins big at Czech Lions

The biopic about the Czech politician took a record number of awards

The new film Masaryk won a record 12 statues at the 24th Czech Lion Awards (Český lev) on March 4. The black-tie ceremony was held at the Rudolfinum in Prague.

Taking a page from the Hollywood playbook, Masaryk, to be released as A Prominent Patient in English-speaking markets, has so far only had a limited release to qualify it for award consideration. It is now in previews and will get a wide release March 9, capitalizing on its big win. Some other groups such as Czech Film Critics' Awards will be considering the film next year, as they did not count the December preview in one theater as sufficient to qualify as a 2016 release.

The film Masaryk looks at part of the life of Jan Masaryk, a Czech politician who was the son of President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. The son led a somewhat wild lifestyle between the wars.

Masaryk had 14 nominations, including two for Best Supporting Actor. The film was not nominated for Best Actress, which went to Michalina Olszańska of I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová).

The only category that the film was nominated in and lost was Best Supporting Actress, which went to Klára Melíšková of I, Olga Hepnarová, who beat Masaryk's Arly Jover. Oldřich Kaiser beat fellow Masaryk actor Hanns Zischler as Best Supporting Actor. Prolific thespian Karel Roden competed against himself for Best Actor. He was also nominated for his work in We Are Never Alone (Nikdy nejsme sami) but won for Masaryk. He gave the evening's shortest speech, simply saying: “Thank you, everyone.”

The two Czech Lion awards for the actresses in I, Olga Hepnarová were the only ones for feature films that did not go to Masaryk. The film also won for Best Poster, a nonstatutory award that was given out when nominations were announced Jan. 18. I, Olga Hepnarová is the true story of the last woman executed in Czechoslovakia.

Masaryk, with 12 awards, beat the previous record held by Burning Bush, which had 11.

The big loser of the evening was the World War II film Anthropoid, which had 12 nominations but earned no prizes aside from the Film Fan Award, which had also been announced along with the nominations. Film audiences had not yet seen Masaryk at the time of voting. The Teacher (Učitelka) had nine nominations and I, Olga Hepnarová had eight.

Best documentary went to Normal Autistic Film (Normální autistický film), which will be on Prague screens as part of the One World film festival.

There were also some awards for television. Wasteland (Pustina) won for Best Television Drama Series. Murder in Polná (Zločin v Polné) won for Best Television Film or Miniseries.

Honorary Awards for Unique Contributions to Czech Cinema went to Jiří Bartoška and Eva Zaoralová who organize the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

One of the screenwriters of Masaryk passed away before the film was made. Alex Koenigsmark died in 2013. Petr Kolečko and Julius Ševčík acknowledged his contribution when they picked up their awards.

There were no significant incidents in the award show, unlike the recent Oscars in the US, where envelopes got mixed up for Best Picture. This year, nobody crashed the Czech Lions stage. In 2015, an imposter made an appearance on stage claiming to be Jim Carey. The incident, which was a prank by viral video makers, made international news.

Best film:
Masaryk – producers Rudolf Biermann, Julius Ševčík (won)
Anthropoid – producers Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Sean Ellis, David Ondříček, Kryštof Mucha
Já, Olga Hepnarová – producers Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda, Vojtěch Frič, Marcin Kurek, Sylwester Banaszkiewicz, Marian Urban
Rodinný film – producer Jiří Konečný
Učitelka – producers Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská, Ondřej Zima, Jan Prušinovský

Best Documentary:
Normální autistický film – director Miroslav Janek – producer Jan Macola (won)
Bratříček Karel – director Krystyna Krauze – producentky Barbara Ławska, Hana Třeštíková
FC Roma – director Tomáš Bojar, Rozálie Kohoutová – producers Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tereza Polachová
Zákon Helena – director Petra Nesvačilová – producer Klára Žaloudková
Zkáza krásou – director Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna – producer Hana Třeštíková

Best Director
Masaryk – Julius Ševčík (won)
Anthropoid – Sean Ellis
Já, Olga Hepnarová – Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
Rodinný film – Olmo Omerzu
Učitelka – Jan Hřebejk

Best Actress

Já, Olga Hepnarová – Michalina Olszanská (won)
Nikdy nejsme sami – Lenka Vlasáková
Rodinný film – Vanda Hybnerová
Teorie tygra – Eliška Balzerová
Učitelka – Zuzana Mauréry

Best Actor

Masaryk – Karel Roden (won)
Anděl Páně 2 – Ivan Trojan
Anthropoid – Cillian Murphy
Nikdy nejsme sami – Karel Roden
Teorie tygra – Jiří Bartoška

Best Supporting Actress

Já, Olga Hepnarová – Klára Melíšková (won)
Lída Baarová – Simona Stašová
Masaryk – Arly Jover
Polednice – Daniela Kolářová
Rudý kapitán – Zuzana Kronerová

Best Supporting Actor

Masaryk – Oldřich Kaiser (won)
Anděl Páně 2 – Boleslav Polívka
Anthropoid – Jamie Dornan
Masaryk – Hanns Zischler
Nikdy nejsme sami – Miroslav Hanuš

Best Screenplay
Masaryk – Petr Kolečko, Alex Koenigsmark, Julius Ševčík (won)
Anthropoid – Anthony Frewin, Sean Ellis
Já, Olga Hepnarová – Tomáš Weinreb, Petr Kazda
Nikdy nejsme sami – Petr Václav
Učitelka – Petr Jarchovský

Best Cinematography
Masaryk – Martin Štrba (won)

Anthropoid – Sean Ellis
Já, Olga Hepnarová – Adam Sikora
Nikdy nejsme sami – Štěpán Kučera
Polednice – Alexander Šurkala

Best Editing
Masaryk – Marek Opatrný (won)

Anděl Páně 2 – Jan Mattlach
Anthropoid – Richard Mettler
Učitelka – Vladimír Barák
Zkáza krásou – Jakub Hejna

Best Sound
Masaryk – Viktor Ekrt, Pavel Rejholec (won)

Anděl Páně 2 – Radim Hladík jr.
Anthropoid – Yves Marie Omnes
Lichožrouti – Jan Čeněk, Richard Müller
Polednice – Petr Šoupa, Martin Jílek, Viktor Prášil

Best Music
Masaryk – Michal Lorenc, Kryštof Marek (won)

Anthropoid – Robin Foster
Lída Baarová – Ondřej Soukup
Rudý kapitán – Petr Ostrouchov
Učitelka – Michal Novinski

Best Production Design
Masaryk – Milan Býček (won
)
Anthropoid – Morgan Kennedy
Lída Baarová – Zdeněk Flemming
Lichožrouti – Galina Miklínová
Učitelka – Juraj Fábry

Best Costumes
Masaryk – Katarína Štrbová Bieliková (won)

Anděl Páně 2 – Katarína Hollá
Anthropoid – Josef Čechota
Já, Olga Hepnarová – Aneta Grňáková
Učitelka – Katarína Štrbová Bieliková

Best Makeup

Masaryk – Lukáš Král (won)

Anděl Páně 2 – Andrea McDonald
Anthropoid – Gabriela Poláková, Linda Eisenhamerová
Já, Olga Hepnarová – Alina Janerka
Učitelka – Anita Hroššová

Best Television Film or Miniseries

Zločin v Polné (won)

Hlas pro římského krále
Modré stíny

Best Television Drama
Pustina (won)
Kosmo
Rapl

Unique Contributions to Czech Cinema (honorary)
Jiří Bartoška and Eva Zaoralová

Magnesia Prize for Best Student Film (nonstatutory)
Kyjev Moskva – Anna Lyubynetska (won)

3. poločas – Jiří Volek
Benny – Michal Hruška
Černý dort – Johana Švarcová
Vězení – Damián Vondrášek

Best Film Poster – (nonstatutory)
Já, Olga Hepnarová – Lukáš Veverka (won)

Masaryk – Rudolf Biermann, Julius Ševčík
Polednice – Petr Skala
Učitelka – Michal Tilsch
Vlk z Královských Vinohrad – Tereza Kučerová, Jakub Suchý

Film Fan Award – (nonstatutory)
Anthropoid – director Sean Ellis (won)

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