One problem with the Nordic Council Film Prize is that the five Scandinavian countries do not have the same filmmaking traditions. To illustrate that, let’s use Academy Award nominations: Both Iceland and Finland have been nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film exactly once. At the other end,
Ingmar Bergman alone has been nominated for that Oscar three times, and won every time, while Denmark has received four nominations in the last ten years. Not surprisingly, the prize hasn’t been given to each country equally, with five going to Denmark . . .
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