John Wells' August: Osage County was the big winner at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday, taking home four prizes including the festival's central film of the year honor.
August: Osage County's Meryl Streep, who did not come to the festival, won the prize for best actress, while the film's all-star cast -- which includes Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper -- won the festival's best acting ensemble honor. Earlier in the festival, Cooper was on hand to receive the festival's lifetime achievement prize.
The film won the festival's top prize over a power-packed lineup that included Justin Chadwick's Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Russell's American Hustle and The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) from Paolo Sorrentino the first Italian film shortlisted for the foreign language film Oscar since Don't Tell (La bestia nel cuore) nine years ago.
But most of those films did not leave Capri empty handed: Mandela star Idris Elba was named best actor and co-star Naomie Harris was selected as best supporting actress. U2's Ordinary Love, from the film's soundtrack, was selected as best song. Elba and Harris were on hand to receive their awards personally.
John Ridley won the adapted screenplay honor for his work on 12 Years a Slave, while the supporting actor honor went to Michael Fassbender for his work on the same film.
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