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The Grimme-Preis ("Grimme Award"; up to 2010: Adolf-Grimme-Preis) is a television award and one of the most prestigious awards[citation needed] for German television. It is named after the first general director of Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, Adolf Grimme.[1] It has been referred to in Kino as the "German TV Oscar".[2]

The awards ceremony takes place annually at Theater Marl in Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia and is hosted by the [[Grimme-Institut]] ([[:de:Grimme-Institut|de]]). Since 1964, it awards productions "that use the specific possibilities of the medium television in an extraordinary manner and at the same time can serve as examples regarding content and method". The award was endowed by the German Community College association (de). One of the first award winners was Gerd Oelschlegel (de) in 1964, for his TV movie Sonderurlaub (“Special Leave”), about a failed escape from the German Democratic Republic.[citation needed]

In addition to the Grimme Award, the institute also awards the Grimme Online Award[1] and the German Radio Award (de).[3]

Notable laureates[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

In Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes, a novel in which Hitler awakens in the 21st century and becomes a comedian, the Grimme Prize is awarded to Hitler.[5]


  1. ^ a b Adolf Grimme short biography Fernsehmuseum Hamburg. Retrieved 28 January 2012 (German)
  2. ^ Kino. D. Holloway. 2003. p. 21. Retrieved 12 October 2010. Adolf Grimme Prizes (the German TV »Oscar«) 
  3. ^ "Statut" (Articles or Memorandum of association) at Adolf-Grimme-Institut
  4. ^ "Die Trunkenheit der Lyrik". Kultura. 30 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Timur Vermes: Look Who's Back, p.278

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