The award winners for the Venice Film Festival have been announced, but quite the controversy has arisen from the ceremony. THR reports that the Michael Mann-led jury was poised to give Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master the festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion, but due to a ridiculous festival rule they opted to give the award to Kim Ki-Duk‘s revenge film Pieta instead. Apparently the Venice Film Festival’s new rules state that one film cannot win more than two major awards, so in lieu of the Silver Lion directing award going to Anderson and the acting award being split by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, the jury was asked to reconvene and “remove” one of The Master‘s awards.
As one can imagine, a heated jury session followed that ultimately resulted in The Master’s Golden Lion being taken away. Ah, awards season. Nevertheless, the film is currently making the rounds at the Toronto Film Festival so check back on Collider soon for Matt’s full review. In the meantime, hit the jump to check out the full list of awards from the Venice Film Festival.