Amour leads European Film Award nominations

Still from Amour (Love) Emmanuelle Riva stars in Amour, which chronicles the final chapter in the life of an octogenarian couple

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Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning French drama Amour (Love) leads the nominations at this year's European Film Awards with six nods.

The film is up for best film and best director while its stars, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, are up for best actor and best actress.

Controversial Steve McQueen film Shame is nominated for five prizes, including a nod for its star Michael Fassbender.

The awards will be held in Valletta, Malta, on 1 December.

McQueen is nominated for best director, while his film, about a man battling sex addiction, is one of six up for best film.

The others in that category are French comedy Untouchable, Danish drama The Hunt, Germany's Barbara and Italian Golden Bear winner Caesar Must Die.

Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt is also nominated in five categories, with Mads Mikkelsen up for best actor for his role as a man falsely accused of child abuse.

The performance won the Danish star the best actor prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

British spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy receives four nominations, including a best actor citation for Gary Oldman.

Kate Winslet. meanwhile, is nominated for best actress for her role in Roman Polanski's Carnage.

Last Tango in Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci will receive a lifetime achievement prize at the awards ceremony.

British actress Dame Helen Mirren will also receive an honorary award for her achievement in world cinema.

Lars von Trier's sci-fi drama Melancholia was named best movie at last year's awards, held in Berlin.

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