The Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) has just announced the nominations for the 23rd Czech Lion Annual Awards. The academics had altogether 42 feature films, animated films and documentary features that had been released in 2015 to choose from. The films are going to compete for the Czech Lion trophies in 15 statutory categories. The films Ztraceni v Mnichově (Lost in Munich), Kobry a užovky (The Snake Brothers) and Domácí péče (Home Care) obtained the most nominations across all the categories. The winners will be ceremonially awarded on Saturday the 5th March 2016 in Rudolfinum in Prague. This year the gala evening will again be hosted by Lucie Výborná. Awarding Czech Lions in the area of television production is the news of the 23rd Czech Lion Annual Awards. Czech Television, TV Prima, TV Nova, HBO Europe and TV Barrandov decided to take part as they nominated their choice of works for the three announced categories.
The academics were voting about the nominations for the film categories of the 23rd Czech Lion Annual Awards from the 1st December 2015 to the 15th January 2016. The 119 voting members of CFTA were choosing from 27 feature films and animated films and 15 documentary features. Among the candidates for the Czech Lion the most successful one is the unconventional comedy Ztraceni v Mnichově (Lost in Munich) by Petr Zelenka with its 15 nominations. At the second place according to the number of the nominations is the film Kobry a užovky (The Snake Brothers) directed by Jan Prušinovský and it has 12 nominations. The third position is shared by the film Domácí péče (Home Care) by Slávek Horák and the fairy tale Sedmero krkavců (The Seven Ravens) directed by Alice Nellis as both have 9 nominations. They are followed by the film Schmitke (Schmitke) directed by Štěpán Altrichter with 8 nominations.
In the category of the best film the following five films have been nominated: Lost in Munich (directed by Petr Zelenka), The Snake Brothers (directed by Jan Prušinovský), Home Care (directed by Slávek Horák), Photographer (directed by Irena Pavlásková) and Schmitke (directed by Štěpán Altrichter). The Czech Lion Award for the best documentary feature can be obtained by one of the following films: The Gospel According to Brabenec (directed by Miroslav Janek), Film Adventurer Karel Zeman (directed by Tomáš Hodan), Mallory (directed by Helena Třeštíková), Lean a Ladder against Heaven (directed by Jana Ševčíková), Wave vs. Shore (directed by Martin Štrba).
Awarding the Czech Lions in the area of television production in three categories is the news of this year. Five televisions are going to compete for the awards: Czech Television, HBO Europe, TV Nova, TV Prima and TV Barrandov, which recommended several of their works of art for the first round of voting. Then in the second round, the CFTA academics will take a vote about the winners. The nominations and the awards will be presented in these categories the best television film or miniseries, the best television drama series and the best television documentary or series.
Newly the academics could also suggest candidates for the exceptional feat in the area of the audio-visual arts. Those proposals which have been supported by at least three members of the academy will go to the second round.
At the press conference of CFTA, apart from the revelation of the nominations, also the non-statutory awards for the best film poster and the award of film fans were presented. The award for the best film poster was presented to Michal Tilsch, who designed the poster for the film The Snake Brothers. The award of film fans went to Jan Prušinovský, who directed the film The Snake Brothers. For the first time this year the winners of the non-statutory awards obtained a glass statuette that was created by the designer Jakub Berdych and the Czech design and glass company Lasvit.
The statuette of the Czech Lion for the best actress in a leading role can be obtained by the following actresses – Alena Mihulová for the film Home Care, Máša Málková for the film Photographer, Tereza Voříšková for her role in the film Laputa, Martha Issová for The Seven Ravens and Jana Plodková for Lost in Munich. The award for the best actress in a supporting role can go to – Zuzana Kronerová for Home Care, Tatiana Vilhelmová for Home Care, Lucie Žáčková for her role in the film The Snake Brothers, Zuzana Bydžovská for The Seven Ravens and Jitka Schneiderová for Lost in Munich.
The Czech Lion Award for the best actor in a leading role will belong to one of the following nominees – Boleslav Polívka for the film Home Care, Karel Roden for his role in the film Photographer, Hynek Čermák for Gangster Ka, Matěj Hádek for The Snake Brothers and Martin Myšička for his role in Lost in Munich. The winner in the category of the best actor in a supporting role will be one of the following nominees: Predrag Bjelac for his role in the film Gangster Ka, Kryštof Hádek for The Snake Brothers, Jiří Schmitzer for the film Chasing 50, Tomáš Bambušek for Lost in Munich and Marek Taclík for Lost in Munich. At the gala evening the award for the best director will be presented to one of these directors – Slávek Horák for the film Home Care, Jan Prušinovský for directing the movie The Snake Brothers, Alice Nellis for The Seven Ravens, Štěpán Altrichter for the film Schmitke and Petr Zelenka for Lost in Munich.
The 23rd annual awards of the Czech Film and Television Academy will be ceremonially presented at a gala evening that will take place on Saturday the 5th March 2016 in Rudolfinum in Prague. The host of the gala evening will again be the radio and TV presenter Lucie Výborná. The ceremony will be directed by Michael Čech and Jan Svěrák. The portraits of the individual nominees will be directed by Tereza Kopáčová just like last year. The ceremony of the Czech Lion Annual Awards will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. by the CT1 channel.