We are waiting impatiently to know who’s going to win the Oscars 2019. Tonight, of course, we keep our fingers crossed for The Border.
In Sweden, the Guldbagge Awards jury hands out submissions annually. The first movie that Sweden submitted, Ratataa by Hasse Ekman in 1956, was not nominated for The Foreign Language Film Award Committee. But four years later, in 1960, The Virgin Spring directed by legendary Ingmar Bergman won the first Oscar for Sweden. Ingmar Bergman won two more times: a year later (Through a Glass Darkly) and in 1983 (Fanny and Alexander). In total, he represented Sweden eight times.
Besides those winners, 14 films from Sweden have been nominated for the Academy Award:
The Virgin Spring (1960)
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Raven’s End (1964)
Dear John (1965)
Ådalen ’31 (1969)
The Emigrants (1971)
The New Land (1972)
Flight of the Eagle (1982)
Fanny and Alexander (1983)
The Ox (1991)
All Things Fair (1995)
Under the Sun (1999)
As It Is in Heaven (2004)
The Academy disqualified Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage because it had previously aired on Swedish TV. One year later, allegedly to protest, Sweden didn’t enter the competition.
Lilja-4-ever was accepted as eligible, but not without controversy,
as most of the dialogue was in Russian, not Swedish.
Are there any nominated movies from your country? Have you seen The Border or any other nominated movies? What do you think about
the Oscar winners? Share your thoughts in comments!