Morten Tyldum

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Morten Tyldum
Born (1967-05-19) 19 May 1967 (age 48)
Alma mater School of Visual Arts
Occupation Director
Spouse(s) Janne Tyldum
Children 1

Morten Tyldum (born 19 May 1967) is a Norwegian film director. He is best known for directing internationally successful films such as Headhunters (2011), a thriller which is the highest grossing Norwegian-made film of all time as of 2015,[1] and The Imitation Game (2014), a historical drama for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.


Tyldum was born in Norway. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York.[2] He originally wanted to be a musician but abandoned the ambition when he entered film school.[3] Tyldum currently lives in Beverly Hills with his wife Janne and their child. They still maintain a house in Norway.[4]


He had his feature film debut with Buddy in 2003, a film that won great popular and critical acclaim. Previously he had worked in television, music videos, commercials and short films. He had been named Film Talent of the Year by the newspaper Dagbladet in 1999.[5]

Since Buddy, he has made the movie Fallen Angels in 2008 and Headhunters (Hodejegerne) in 2011. Headhunters is based on the 2008 novel by same name written by Jo Nesbø. It became the highest-grossing Norwegian film of all time.[1]

He made his English language debut with the historical drama The Imitation Game, about the life of mathematician Alan Turing, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.[6] The Imitation Game immediately became an international success, and was nominated for eight Oscars at the 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a Best Director nomination for Tyldum himself.[7]

He has been attached to the adaptation of the novel Pattern Recognition by William Gibson.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title
2003 Buddy
2008 Fallen Angels
2011 Headhunters
2014 The Imitation Game
2016 Passengers

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Title Result
2002 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival - Special Prize Buddy Won
2002 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival - FIPRESCI Prize Buddy Won
2002 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival - Award of Independent Cinema Owners Buddy Won
2003 Warsaw International Film Festival - Audience Award Buddy Won
2003 Norwegian International Film Festival - Audience Award Buddy Won
2003 Norwegian International Film Festival - Most Enjoyable Film Buddy Won
2003 Molodist International Film Festival - Best Film Award Buddy Nominated
2003 Bratislava International Film Festival - Grand Prix Buddy Nominated
2003 Amanda Awards, Norway - Best Nordic Newcomer Buddy Nominated
2004 Sofia International Film Festival - Grand Prix Buddy Won
2004 Amanda Awards, Norway - Best Film Buddy Won
2008 Amanda Awards, Norway - Best Director Fallen Angels Won
2011 Philadelphia Film Festival - Audience Award Headhunters Won
2012 European Film Awards - Audience Award Headhunters Nominated
2012 Amanda Awards, Norway - Public Choice Award Headhunters Won
2013 BAFTA Film Award - Best Foreign Film Headhunters Nominated
2014 Hollywood Film Awards - Best Director The Imitation Game Won
2015 AACTA International Awards - Best Direction The Imitation Game Nominated
2015 Directors Guild Awards - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film The Imitation Game Nominated
2015 Academy Award for Best Director The Imitation Game Nominated


  1. ^ a b Rosen, Christopher (October 27, 2011). "The Norwegian Film That's a Bigger Success Than 'Harry Potter' and 'Transformers'". The Moviefone Blog. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Morten Tyldum" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-07-21. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Top 100 People in Hollywood". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hele verden fr se Hodejegerne". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Sissel Fantoft (2002-09-17). ""Buddy" - debutantenes film" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Tyldum Leaves TORDENSKIOLD Biopic Afloat. Instead, Will Decrypt THE IMITATION GAME.". TwitchFilm. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "2015 Oscars - Nominees - 87th Academy Awards Nominations". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

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