Oscar nod for Norwegian film “Verdens Verste Menneske”

Joachim Trier - Renate Reinsve - Thomas RobsahmPhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB

The hit Norwegian film, “Verdens Verste Menneske” (The Worst Person in The World) has been nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category.

Hollywood the latest to lavish praise on the hit film

The critical praise for the hit Norwegian film, “Verdens Verste Menneske” has continued with the announcement that it has been nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category by The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences in Hollywood. The hit film was one of 5 other nominees hoping to secure Oscar glory.

This is just the latest critical praise for the Joachim Trier movie since first premiering at the Cannes Film Festival last summer. The film won the prestigious “Best Foreign Film” at the New York Film Critics Circle in December – the first-ever Norwegian film to do so. It has also been nominated for a “César Award,” for “Best Foreign Film,” at the French National Film Awards.

The star of the movie, Renate Reinsve, has also won accolades for her portrayal of Julie, an often indecisive and troubled young woman, finding her way through love and life. She not only picked up an award for the “Best Female Actress” at Cannes but has also been nominated for the same category at the upcoming BAFTAs in London.

Sixth time lucky for Norway?

This will be the sixth time that Norway has been nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the Oscars. However, all five previous nominations have been unsuccessful in securing Hollywood’s top prize.

The first Norwegian film to be nominated was Anne Skouen’s 1957 Norwegian resistance film, “Ni Liv” (Nine Lives) The country had to wait 3 decades until the next nomination for the 1987 action-adventure film “Ofelaš” (Pathfinder) by Nils Gaup. The 1990s and 2000s saw two nominations for Berit Nesheim’s 1996 coming of age film, “Søndagsengler” (Sunday Angels) and the 2001 nomination for Petter Næss comedy “Mors Elling” (Mother’s Elling) There were high hopes for the 2012 nomination, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s “Kon-Tiki” but they soon sank with no success.

Despite the lack of success in this category, Norway has secured two Oscars. Thor Heyerdahl’s 1951 film “Kon-Tiki” won in the “Best Documentary” category while Toril Kove’s 2007 “Den danske dikteren” (The Danish Poet) won “Best Animated Short Film”.

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