February 28, 2011
It also won the 2008 Olympics, according to highly credible EU-funded sources.
Now, it has upped its game yet another notch and raked in the film world’s greatest prize – an Oscar.
The “King’s Speech”, which won several Oscars at last night’s ceremony, apparently received €562,000 in “distribution support” from the EU’s Media Programme. Stopping just short of “there are a few people that I want to thank…”, Androulla Vassiliou, the European commissioner in charge of cultural issues, wasted little time in claiming the EU’s share of the credit (in what the FT Brussels blog labels “an acceptance speech”),
“What a great night for the European film industry and the Media programme. Europe loves cinema and the world loves our films. This shows that the European film industry can compete with the best.”
After such an accomplishment, all eyes now turn to Euro 2012 (the football tournament, not the currency), where we’re told the EU has an excellent chance of repeating its record of success.Open Europe blog team