The Oscars

An article by
Per Sundfeldt, editor, the Swedish Film Database

This year at the Oscars no film with a main Swedish production company earned a nomination, alas, but Swedish companies had a part in some of the nominated titles.

The Danish-Swedish-Dutch feature Another Round won the Oscar for Best International Picture. Its director Thomas Vinterberg was by the way nominated for Best Direction. Also, the Tunisian Best International Film nomination The Man Who Sold His Skin was partly produced by a Swedish company.

But if we look back in Academy Award history there has been a few Swedish winners, both films and persons.

Arne Sucksdorff’s short film Symphony of a City (1947) was the first Swedish film to win an Oscar, in 1949. Swedish past thriumphs at the Academy Awards ceremonies otherwise have spotligthed the importance of being called Ing*** Bergman. Ingrid B. is unique among Swedish actors in garnering no less than three Oscars, while films by her namesake Ingmar B. won the same number of awards in the category which today is called Best International Film.

Other notable Swedish winners include Sven Nykvist with two Best Cinematography Oscars and the sound wizards Per Hallberg and Paul N.J. Ottosson with three and two Oscars, respectively. Also worthy of mention are one-time winners Anna Asp and Marik Vos for the production design and costumes of Fanny and Alexander.

For full information on all Swedish wins and nominations, please visit the Oscar page at the website of the Swedish Film Institute, linked below at the bottom of this page.

(published in April 2021)

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