Roman Polanski is toast of European Film Awards

The controversial director wins six prizes for his film 'The Ghost Writer'

Roman Polanski‘s 2010 political thriller The Ghost Writer was the toast of the European Film Awards this weekend (December 4-5), winning six prizes including those for Best Film and Best Director.

The controversial director did not attend the ceremony in Estonia on Saturday, instead appearing and accepting his award via Skype.

“You have rewarded a truly European venture,” Polanski said from his Paris home.

The Ghost Writer was nominated for more awards than any other title at this year’s gala – eight in total.

Other winners at the ceremony included Israeli war film Lebanon, which was presented with a prize for its cinematography and a Discovery award for Samuel Moaz, writer and director of the film.

Lifetime Achievement honours went to German actor Bruno Ganz and Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared.

Polanski was working on The Ghost Writer at the time of his arrest in Switzerland in September 2009, on a US arrest warrant relating to his 1977 conviction for unlawful sex with a 13 year-old girl.

The director of Rosemary’s Baby spent nine months in jail and under house arrest before Swiss authorities decided, in July, not to extradite him to the US, where he remains a wanted man.