Last week the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced, with Scandinavians (as always) showing their presence on the international stage.
Tobias Lindholm’s A War has been nominated in the Foreign Language Film category alongside Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia), Mustang (Turkey), Son of Saul (Hungary) and Theeb (UAE). A War is Tobias Lindholm’s third feature film, and stars Pilou Asbaek in a film that investigates the human burden of war. A War had its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has screen recently at Palm Springs. Tobias Lindholm has previously been nominated in the same category for The Hunt (2012).
Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence has been nominated in the Documentary Feature category alongside Amy, Cartel Land, What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom. The Look of Silence is a companion film to The Act of Killing, which picked up several major international awards during the Awards Season. The documentary explores the 1965-66 genocide in Indonesia.
Last (but not least), the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Sicario, which was directed by Denis Villeneuve and stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro. This is the second year in a row that Jóhannsson has been nominated for the same category, last year picking up a nomination for his score on The Theory of Everything.
The winners will be announced on the 28th of February.