Susanne Bier is the first Danish director to win an Emmy and an Oscar!

Danish director Susanne Bier has made history by winning an Emmy Award, making her the first Danish director ever to win both an Emmy and an Oscar.

She won the Emmy for the Best Director in a Mini-series for The Night Manager, which is a UK/US production based on Jon Le Carre’s novel. The series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), who is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an intelligence operative. He is tasked to navigate Whitehall and Washington DC where there is an alliance between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. He must infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie), Roper’s girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki) and associate Corkoran (Tom Hollander).

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Bier said: “This is such a traditional men’s world, and I hope the fact a woman director has won this prestigious prize is going to mean that more non-conventional series and movies are going to be directed by women.”

Bier previously won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011 for In a Better World.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.