Kirsten Dunst's new movie Melancholia is set to be a major contender at the upcoming European Film Awards after landing a massive nine nominations.

The Spider-Man star plays a woman battling depression in the Lars von Trier film and the role has scored her a nod in the Best European Actress category at the European Film Academy prize-giving.

She will compete alongside her Melancholia co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg for the trophy, as well as Tilda Swinton for her role in We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Von Trier also landed a nod in the Best European Director category, while the film will also compete for Best European Film, among others.

The awards will be handed out on December 3rd in Berlin, Germany.