List of Nordic Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Academy Award winners and nominees from the Nordic countries. This list is current as of the 87th Academy Awards ceremony held on February 22, 2015. The list may be incomplete.

Acting[edit]

Actor in a Leading Role[edit]

Actor
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1942 James Cagney Norway Yankee Doodle Dandy Won Cagney was American of Norwegian, as well as Irish, descent.
1988 Max von Sydow Sweden Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren) Nominated
2013 Matthew McConaughey Sweden Dallas Buyers Club Won McConaughey is American of Swedish, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and German, descent.

Actress in a Leading Role[edit]

Actress
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1929-1930 Greta Garbo Sweden Anna Christie Nominated
Greta Garbo Sweden Romance Nominated
1937 Greta Garbo Sweden Camille Nominated
1939 Greta Garbo Sweden Ninotchka Nominated
1943 Ingrid Bergman Sweden For Whom the Bell Tolls Nominated
1944 Ingrid Bergman Sweden Gaslight Won
1945 Ingrid Bergman Sweden The Bells of St. Mary's Nominated
1948 Ingrid Bergman Sweden Joan of Arc Nominated
1956 Ingrid Bergman Sweden Anastasia Won
1972 Liv Ullmann Norway The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) Nominated Ullman is a Norwegian actress who was born in Japan
1975 Ann-Margret Sweden Tommy Nominated
1976 Liv Ullmann Norway Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) Nominated
1978 Ingrid Bergman Sweden Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten) Nominated

Actor in a Supporting Role[edit]

Supporting Actor
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
2011 Max von Sydow Sweden Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Nominated

Actress in a Supporting Role[edit]

Supporting Actress
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1971 Ann-Margret Sweden Carnal Knowledge Nominated
1974 Ingrid Bergman Sweden Murder on the Orient Express Won
1989 Lena Olin Sweden Enemies: A Love Story Nominated
2015 Alicia Vikander Sweden The Danish Girl Won

Art Direction (and Set Decoration)[edit]

Art Direction and Set Decoration
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1931 Max Rée Denmark Cimarron Won
1983 Anna Asp
Susanne Lingheim
Sweden Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) Won

Cinematography[edit]

Cinematography
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1973 Sven Nykvist Sweden Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Won
1983 Sven Nykvist Sweden Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) Won
1988 Sven Nykvist Sweden The Unbearable Lightness of Being Nominated

Costume Design[edit]

Costume Design
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1960 Marik Vos-Lundh Sweden The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) Nominated Vos-Lundh was a Russian-born Swedish designer
1973 Marik Vos-Lundh Sweden Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Nominated
1975 Ulla-Britt Söderlund Sweden Barry Lyndon Won Nominated with Milena Canonero
Karin Erskine
Henny Noremark
Sweden The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) Nominated
1983 Marik Vos-Lundh Sweden Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) Won

Makeup and Hairstyling[edit]

Makeup and Hairstyling
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
2016 Love Larson
Eva Von Bahr
Sweden The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (film) Nominated

Directing[edit]

Director
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1972 Jan Troell Sweden The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) Nominated
1973 Ingmar Bergman Sweden Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Nominated
1975 Miloš Forman Iceland One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Won Forman is Czech of Icelandic descent.
1976 Ingmar Bergman Sweden Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) Nominated
1983 Ingmar Bergman Sweden Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) Nominated
1984 Miloš Forman Iceland Amadeus Won
1987 Lasse Hallström Sweden My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) Nominated
1999 Lasse Hallström Sweden The Cider House Rules Nominated
2014 Morten Tyldum Norway The Imitation Game Nominated First Non-Swedish Scandinavian Director to be nominated for Best Director

Film[edit]

This list focuses on producers from Nordic countries.

Film
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1972 Bengt Forslund Sweden The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) Nominated
1973 Ingmar Bergman Sweden Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Nominated
1976 Harold Leventhal Iceland Bound for Glory Nominated Leventhal was born in Ellenville, New York, to Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Ukraine and Lithuania and was of Icelandic, Ukrainian-Jewish, and Lithuanian-Jewish descent. Shared with Robert F. Blumofe.
1985 Sydney Pollack
Kim Jorgensen
Iceland
Denmark
Out of Africa Won Pollack was American (born in Lafayette, Indiana) of Icelandic and Ukrainian-Jewish descent (born to a family of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants in 1934). Jorgensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1993 Branko Lustig Finland Schindler's List Won Lustig is Croatian of Finnish descent and was born in Osijek, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Shared with Gerald R. Molen and Steven Spielberg.
2000 Branko Lustig Finland Gladiator Won Shared with Douglas Wick and David Franzoni.

Foreign Language Film[edit]

This list focuses on films from Nordic countries that won or were nominated for the foreign language film award.

Foreign Language Film
Year Film Country Director Status Milestone/Notes
1956 Qivitoq Denmark Erik Balling Nominated
1957 Nine Lives Norway Arne Skouen Nominated
1959 Paw Denmark Astrid Henning-Jensen Nominated
1960 The Virgin Spring Sweden Ingmar Bergman Won
1961 Harry and the Butler Denmark Bent Christensen Nominated
Through a Glass Darkly Sweden Ingmar Bergman Won
1964 Raven's End Sweden Bo Widerberg Nominated
1965 Dear John Sweden Lars-Magnus Lindgren Nominated
1969 Ådalen '31 Sweden Bo Widerberg Nominated
1971 The Emigrants Sweden Jan Troell Nominated
1972 The New Land Sweden Jan Troell Nominated
1982 The Flight of the Eagle Sweden Jan Troell Nominated
1983 Fanny and Alexander Sweden Ingmar Bergman Won
1987 Babette's Feast Denmark Gabriel Axel Won
Pathfinder Norway Nils Gaup Nominated
1988 Pelle the Conqueror Denmark Bille August Won
1989 Waltzing Regitze Denmark Kaspar Rostrup Nominated
1991 Children of Nature Iceland Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Nominated
The Ox Sweden Sven Nykvist Nominated
1995 All Things Fair Sweden Bo Widerberg Nominated
1996 The Other Side of Sunday Norway Berit Nesheim Nominated
1999 Under the Sun Sweden Colin Nutley Nominated
2001 Elling Norway Petter Næss Nominated
2002 The Man Without a Past Finland Aki Kaurismäki Nominated
2003 Evil Sweden Mikael Håfström Nominated
2004 As It Is in Heaven Sweden Kay Pollak Nominated
2006 After the Wedding Denmark Susanne Bier Nominated
2010 In a Better World Denmark Susanne Bier Won
2012 Kon-Tiki Norway Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Nominated
A Royal Affair Denmark Nikolaj Arcel Nominated
2013 The Hunt Denmark Thomas Vinterberg Nominated
2015 A War Denmark Tobias Lindholm Nominated

Live Action Short Film[edit]

This list focuses on Nordic films that won or were nominated for the live action, short film award.

Best Live Action, Short Film
Year Film Country Director and Producer Status Milestone/Notes
1997 Ernst & Lyset Denmark Anders Thomas Jensen
Kim Magnusson
Nominated
1998 Wolfgang Denmark Anders Thomas Jensen
Kim Magnusson
Nominated
2000 Election Night Denmark Anders Thomas Jensen
Kim Magnusson
Won
2003 Der Er En Yndig Mand Denmark Martin Strange-Hansen Won
2006 The Last Farm Iceland Rúnar Rúnarsson Nominated
2007 Helmer & Son Denmark Søren Pilmark
Kim Magnusson
Nominated
2008 At Night Denmark Christian E. Christiansen
Louise Vesth
Nominated
2009 The Pig Denmark Tivi Magnusson
Dorte Høgh
Nominated
2010 The New Tenants Denmark Joachim Back
Tivi Magnusson
Won
Instead of Abracadabra Sweden Patrik Eklund
Mathias Fjellström
Nominated
2011 Tuba Atlantic Norway Hallvar Witzø Nominated Nomination was rescinded after it was revealed the short had aired on television prior to its theatrical release.
2013 Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa? Finland Selma Vilhunen
Kirsikka Saari
Nominated
Helium Denmark Anders Walter
Kim Magnusson
Won

Best Documentary[edit]

This list focuses on Nordic films that won or were nominated for the Best Documentary award.

Best Documentary
Year Recipient Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1951 Olle Nordemar Sweden Kon Tiki Won Producer/Editor. (Norwegian film, Swedish Recipient.)
1971 Thor Heyerdahl and Lennart Ehrenborg Norway Ra Nominated
2009 Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller Denmark Burma VJ Nominated
2012 Malik Bendjelloul Sweden Searching for Sugar Man Won Nominated with producer Simon Chinn
2013 Signe Byrge Sørensen Denmark The Act of Killing Nominated Producer; nominated with director Joshua Oppenheimer
2015 Signe Byrge Sørensen Denmark The Look of Silence Nominated Producer; nominated with director Joshua Oppenheimer

Music[edit]

This list focuses on composers and/or lyricists from Nordic countries.

Original Song[edit]

Original Song
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1940 Leigh Harline Sweden Pinocchio
for the song: "When You Wish Upon a Star"
Won Harline was American of Swedish descent (parents were Swedish-born). Shared with Ned Washington.
1975 Keith Carradine Denmark Nashville
for the song: "I'm Easy"
Won Carradine is American of Danish, as well as Polish-Jewish, descent.
2000 Björk
Lars von Trier
Sjón
Iceland
Denmark
Iceland
Dancer in the Dark
for the song: "I've Seen it All"
Nominated

Original Score[edit]

Original Score
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1940 Leigh Harline Sweden Pinocchio Won Harline was American of Swedish descent (parents were Swedish-born). Shared with Paul J. Smith and Ned Washington.
1996 Elliot Goldenthal Finland Michael Collins Nominated Goldenthal is American of Finnish-Jewish and Romanian-Jewish descent. Nominated for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score.
2002 Elliot Goldenthal Finland Frida Won
2014 Jóhann Jóhannsson Iceland The Theory of Everything Nominated
2015 Jóhann Jóhannsson Iceland Sicario Nominated

Writing[edit]

Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Adapted Screenplay
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1972 Bengt Forslund
Jan Troell
Sweden The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) Nominated
1987 Per Berglund
Brasse Brännström
Lasse Hallström
Reidar Jönsson
Sweden My Life as a Dog (Mitt liv som hund) Nominated
2007 Hawk Otsby Norway Children of Men Nominated Otsby was born in India, but grew up in Norway. Nomination shared with Alfonso Cuarón, David Arata, Timothy J. Sexton, and Mark Fergus.

Original Screenplay[edit]

Original Screenplay
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1959 Ingmar Bergman Sweden Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) Nominated
1962 Sweden Through a Glass Darkly (Såsom i en spegel) Nominated
1973 Sweden Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) Nominated
1978 Sweden Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten) Nominated
1983 Sweden Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) Nominated

Sound[edit]

Sound Editing[edit]

Sound Editing
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1995 Per Hallberg Sweden Braveheart Won Nominated with Lon Bender
1997 Per Hallberg Sweden Face/Off Nominated Nominated with Mark Stoeckinger
2004 Paul N. J. Ottosson Sweden Spider-Man 2 Nominated
2007 Per Hallberg Sweden The Bourne Ultimatum Won Nominated with Karen Baker Landers
2009 Paul N. J. Ottosson Sweden The Hurt Locker Won
2012 Paul N. J. Ottosson Sweden Zero Dark Thirty Won (Tied)
Per Hallberg Sweden Skyfall Won (Tied) Nominated with Karen Baker Landers

Sound Mixing[edit]

Sound Mixing
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone/Notes
1955 Fred Hynes Norway Oklahoma! Won Hynes was American (born in and from Nashville, Tennessee) of Norwegian descent.
2009 Paul N. J. Ottosson Sweden The Hurt Locker Won Nominated with Ray Beckett
2011 Bo Persson Sweden The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated Nominated with David Parker, Michael Semanick and Ren Klyce

Special Categories[edit]

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

This list focuses on recipients of Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Year Name Country Awarded Status Milestone/Notes
1971 Ingmar Bergman Sweden 43rd Academy awards Won

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

This list focuses on recipients of the Academy Honorary Award.

Academy Honorary Award
Year Name Country Award Status Milestone/Notes
1954 Greta Garbo Sweden Statuette Won "for her unforgettable screen performances.”