Nordic Films Up For Oscars

First published on 27th of February 2021

1st update 16th of april- The nominations

2nd update 26th of april- Oscars wins

The Academy Awards, most popularly known as the Oscars has been curated to honour the best films released each year. Being nominated, and further winning an Oscar is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry. Producers, directors, actors and others in the film industry are awarded for their artistic and technical excellence. Many of the films that are both nominated and who win an Academy Award are often Hollywood American movies. However, in more recent years there has been a rising amount of films (alongside short films) coming from the Nordics. Just this year, Nordic films have hit a record for Oscar pre-selection. With the upcoming awards show, seven Nordic films originating from Denmark, Norway and Iceland have been nominated for varying awards.

Highlighted films

1. Another Round (2020)
  • Four high school teachers test a theory that suggests maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood will improve their lives.

 Nominated for: Best international Film

Directed by: Thomas Vinterbeg

Featuring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larson, Magnus Millang

Country of Origin: Denmark

Update 16th of april: Nominations received for both Best Director and for Best International Film 

Update 26th of april: Another Round wins an Oscar for Best International film.

Thomas Vinterberg’s filmography on IMDB and Wikipedia

Another Round on IMDB and Wikipedia

another round
2. Hope (2019)
  • After Anja receives a life threatening diagnosis, her relationship with Tomas is put to the test.

Nominated for: Best International Film

Directed by: Maria Sødahl

Featuring: Andrea Bræin Hovig, Stellan Skarsgård, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osbourne

Country of Origin: Norway

3. Yes People (2020)
  • Peoples relationships are tested on their ability to cope as they face the everyday battle of things such as work, school and dishwashing.

Nominated for: Animated Short Film

Directed by: Gísli Darra Halldórsson

Featuring: Helga Braga Jónsdóttir, Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, Jón Gnarr

Country of Origin: Iceland

Update: Nomination received for Best Animated Short Film

Yes People on IMDB 

yes people

Other Nominations

4. Gunda (2020)
  • This documentary explores the life of a pig and its companies, two cows and a one legged chicken. 

Nominated for: Documentary Feature

Directed by: Viktor Kossakovsky

Featuring: Gunda

Country of Origin: Norway


5. The Painter and The Thief (2020)
  • An artist becomes close friends with the thief who stole her paintings after he is severely hurt in a car crash.

Nominated for: Documentary Feature

Directed by: Benjamin Ree

Featuring: Karl Bertil-Norland, Barbora Kysilkova, Øystein Stene

Country of Origin: Norway


the painter and the thief
6. The Kicksled Choir (2020)
  • Ten year old boy Gabriel loves to sing and wishes to join the local choir. However, when Gabriel’s father gets into a fight with one of the local refugees, Gabriel’s efforts to join the Kicksled Choir becomes challenging. 

Nominated for: Live Action Short 

Directed by: Torfinn Iversen

Featuring: Benoni Grox Krane, Stig Henrik Hoff, Kahled Saleh Ankila

Country of Origin: Norway


kicksled choir
7. Do Not Split (2020)
  • A documentary highlighting the story of the protests after Hong Hong was rocketed in 2019.

Nominated for: Short Documentary

Directed by: Anders Hammer 

Country of Origin: Norway / United States


do not split

Key Dates

  • March 5 – Academy Awards Nomination Voting Begins
  • March 10 – Academy Awards Nomination Voting Ends
  • March 15 – 93rd Academy Award Nominations
  • April 15 – Final Academy Awards Voting Begins
  • April 20 – Final Academy Awards Voting Ends
  • April 25 – 93rd Annual Academy Awards

Written by Benji Raskin

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