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The Grimme-Preis ("Grimme Award"; and, prior to 2011: Adolf-Grimme-Preis) is a television award and one of the most prestigious awards for German television.[1] It is named after the first general director of Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, Adolf Grimme.[2] It has been referred to in Kino as the "German TV Oscar".[3]

The awards ceremony takes place annually at Theater Marl in Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia and is hosted by the Grimme-Institut.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Rainer Werner Fassbinder received an honorable mention in 1974 for his film World on a Wire.[7] Since then, German veteran director Dominik Graf has received a total 10 awards for his various films.[8] Danish director Lars von Trier was awarded a Grimme-Preis in 1996 for his miniseries The Kingdom.[9] Director Christian Petzold has been awarded the prize twice, for his films Wolfsburg and Toter Mann. In 2016, the series Deutschland 83 was one of the four recipients in the principal fiction category.[10] The TV series Dark became in 2018 the first Netflix series to receive the award.[11]

In addition to the Grimme Award, the institute also awards the Grimme Online Award[2] and the German Radio Award (de).[12]

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.[14]


Grimme-Preis 2014 - actors Florian Panzner and Ronald Zehrfeld
  1. ^ [1] from: Filmjournal, Retrieved 5 October 2016
  2. ^ a b Adolf Grimme short biography Archived 5 January 2013 at Fernsehmuseum Hamburg. Retrieved 28 January 2012 (in German)
  3. ^ Kino. D. Holloway. 2003. p. 21. Retrieved 12 October 2010. Adolf Grimme Prizes (the German TV »Oscar«)
  4. ^ [2] Homepage of the Grimme-Institut, Retrieved 5 October 2016
  5. ^ [3] History of the Grimme institute, Retrieved 5 October 2016
  6. ^ [4] Filmportal, Retrieved 5 October 2016
  7. ^ [5] Grimme-Preis 1974, Retrieved 5 October 2016]]
  8. ^ [6] from: public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk, Retrieved 5 October 2016
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Homepage of Grimme institute, Retrieved 5 October 2016
  10. ^ [7] Homepage of Grimme institute, Retrieved 5 October 2016
  11. ^ "Dark (Netflix)". (in German). Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Statut" (Articles or Memorandum of association) at Adolf-Grimme-Institut
  13. ^ "Die Trunkenheit der Lyrik". Kultura. 30 January 2009.
  14. ^ Timur Vermes: Look Who's Back, p.278

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