Berlin (dpa) – International stars flirting on stage and some minor setbacks: movie, television, music and sport celebrities met in Berlin for the 70th anniversary of the Bambi Awards.
"There are dates you do not say – even if the cabin is on fire," says artist Thomas Gottschalk. With him on stage: the Italian Hollywood diva Sophia Loren (84). Gottschalk addresses the theme of the night: the fires in California that also destroyed his village. "Last week I was blonde in autumn, now I'm blonde and blonde," says Gottschalk to Galgenhumor.
At the beginning of the show at the Stage Theater on Friday night there will be a mini-collapse: Marie Bäumer is the first of the nominees in the category "national actress" presented – and thinks briefly that it has won. She beats up on stage and should be disappointed with the Heino Ferch playwright: "Oh, no, you still are not." Bäumer quickly returns to their place. She can not go on stage again. Paula Beer wins the award for her role in "Bad Banks."
To be the best international actress Penelope Cruz great. The Bambi trophy is so beautiful, enthuses the Spaniard in an interview with the German news agency. She will most likely award the award for her Oscar. "After almost 30 years, I still can not believe this is my job. I'm deeply grateful," says Cruz later on the stage – and also turns to the other big movie diva in the hall: "Sophia Loren, I love you. You're great and mean a lot to me. "
Best national actor is Sebastian Koch. The last time he dedicated Bambi to his mother – but this new one will stay with him in Berlin. The prize for the best series will be awarded to "Babylon Berlin". Luke Mockridge wins the comedy Bambi. Among the 1,000 guests are pregnant model Eva Padberg and FDP leader Christian Lindner with girlfriend Franca Lehfeldt.
There was also a sports prize this year – despite a minor scandal in the race. First were the stars of Bayern Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben chosen as the winner. But because of Ribery's rudeness against a journalist, the jury decides. The new winner of the award is Claudio Pizarro. "I thought a lot about what to say, but I can only thank you – especially my family," he says with his deer in his arms. For many fans on the net, of course: "Pizza" is the real winner anyway. The soccer player who brought his son becomes the darling of the night. He still patiently poses at the party after the show with many fans and other guests, asking him for photos, including Bambi.
Back to Loren e GottschalkThey both recall the 70 years of Bambi's history. If Loren now has eight or ten Bambis – she does not know. The audience is visibly amused by the little stage flirting of great shows. Loren had already revealed in advance that she was particularly anxious to see the German artist she had met at Bambi.
Loren does not get another Bambi tonight – but there's another surprise waiting for him in Gottschalk. The American actress Liv Tyler arrives on stage with a golden deer in her arms and hands it to her – because her five awards were destroyed in the fire. "Oh, how cute. You recycle this," jokes the old "bets that ..?" – moderator and then gets serious. "It's fierce, I had an original Rilke manuscript hanging in the hallway. It will not hit my head that's over.
In addition to the legends of the show, young stars also receive much applause. Similar to Penelope Cruz, the British singer Dua Lipa Bambi is especially beautiful. She gets the award for best international singer – and sings a bit of medley. Mark Forster is almost embarrassed when model Lena Gercke praises him in his honor as "very sexy". When this year's "Miss Bambi" portrays him as the best national singer, he again finds himself: "Run with me," smiles Forster.
Almost at the end of the gala, one of the most important prizes of the night is awarded. Liselotte Pulver is rewarded for the work of her life. "The laughter of the history of German cinema", says in a single player. The 89-year-old waved applauding to the cheering crowd. "It's a great thing to be so honored at such a high age." Despite one of the longest careers, "Lilo" is arguably the smallest speech of the night.
For the 70th anniversary, the gala happened on a Friday – and not on Thursday as in previous years – exceptionally. In favor of the viewers, the award, but only got second place – behind a series of ZDF series "The Criminalist." 3.48 million people linked the first of 20.15 clock – a market share of 12.3 percent.