The gala of the Gopo Awards 2012, a.k.a. the Romanian “Oscar”, in its 6th year already , in Bucharest, Monday evening, was a display of elegance, speeches and dialogues worthy of the world of film, but also the place where “Aurora”, the latest film by director Cristi Puiu was awarded the biggest prize. Neither the director, nor the cast were on hand to pick up the award.As expected, the competition for the Gopo statuettes was quite fierce, with Cristi Puiu winning three awards – for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay.“Aurora”, which was nominated in ten sections, premiered worldwide at the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival 2010, features Cristi Puiu not just as the film’s director, but also as actor in the leading role. Puiu plays Viorel, a divorced man who resorts to some extreme actions, amid a mental breakdown.“Periferic” <Outbound>, a feature film by Bogdan George Apetri, garnered the most numerous nominations at this edition of the Gopo Awards, namely the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ana Ularu), the Best Supporting Actress Award (Ioana Flora), Best Camera Operator (Marius Panduru RSC), Editing (Eugen Kelemen) and Best First Film, for which Orange presented the winner with two tablet PCs. Pro Cinema offered Ioana Flora the Pro Cinema Award for Best Supporting Actress, which was presented by filmologist and film critic Cristian Tudor Popescu.Bogdan Dumitrache and Adrian Titieni won the Gopo statuettes for best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role respectively in “Best Intentions” (Director Adrian Sitaru).The life achievement awards offered to Iurie Darie and Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez were an opportunity for an emotional moment marked by thunderous applauses and a charming presentation by Irina Margareta Nistor, Irina Petrescu and Bruno Roche, general manager “Apa Nova”, with the senior film actor and actress respectively delighting the audience and television viewers alike.