Historical films are all the rage in Hollywood. Whether it is a film about Danish royal life in the 1770s or about the amazing 1947 journey of Norwegian national hero Thor Heyerdahl.
Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated the two Egmont films from Nordisk Film and Zentropa for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film together with strong contenders such as Michael Haneke's, Amour from Austria, Kim Nguyen's War Witch from Canada and Pablo Larraíns No from Chile.
Henrik Zein, executive producer and Managing Director of Nordisk Film Production, says about the nomination of Kon-Tiki:
”We are very proud and honored that Kon-Tiki, after having received a Golden Globe nomination, is now also nominated for an Oscar. This is amazing for our distributor The Weinstein Co., who has set the premiere date in New York and Los Angeles two days before the awards. Perfect timing."
Producer Aage Aaberge "We've won Norway and now we've received a great boost in our effort to reach the rest of the world. To be nominated, first for a Golden Globe, and now for an Oscar is already a great victory for us and hopefully this can also prove important for Norwegian cinema in the future”
The Oscars are awarded in Los Angeles on 24 February. (www.oscars.org)
Both movies are also nominated for a Golden Globe. The Golden Globe awards take place on Sunday 13 February. Kon-Tiki is first Norwegian Golden Globe nominated movie ever, (www.goldenglobes.org)
The Oscars are held on 24 February. Watch all nominations below.
This Sunday, the two films will also contest for a Golden Globe.
In 2011, another Zentropa movie went all the way, when Susanne Bier lifted the golden gentleman for In A Better World.
Kon-Tiki is distributed by Nordisk Film Distribution.