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Amanda’s mother leads the jury that nominated Kon-Tiki for eight prizes

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- Norwegian producer Bente Erichsen announced today the nominations for this year's Norwegian National Film Awards, which will be presented at the Norwegien International Film Festival in Haugesund

Amanda’s mother leads the jury that nominated Kon-Tiki for eight prizes

Norwegian directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning’saction adventure Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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, which took more than 900,000 domestic admissions, before being nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and selling worldwide, was nominated in eight categories, when Norway’s Amanda Committee today (June 12) announced the candidates for this year’s Norwegian national film awards. Kon-Tiki will compete for, among others, Best Feature, Best Director and Best Actor (Pål SverreHagen).

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No less than 20 local features have been considered for the nominations in 21 categories, emphasising the variety of the Norwegian film production – the jury as accordingly selected four to run for Best Feature, including Arild Østin Ommundsen’s It’s Only Make Believe, Hisham Zaman’s Before Snowfall [+see also:
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and Dag Johan Haugerud’s I Belong, explained jury chairman, Norwegian producer Bente Erichsen at the press conference in Oslo’s Bristol Hotel.

30 years ago Erichsen took the initiative to instigate the prize, which is presented during the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, this year at a TV2 televised ceremony in the Maritim Hall on August 16, hosted by Solveig Kloppen. Named after a Haugesund woman with a disputable reputation, the original Amanda weighed 4.5 kilos, and the first time one of the woman recipients needed help from the presenter, UK actor Sir Roger Moore, to carry it from the stage. Today’s version is only 2.5 kilos.

Six different juries have decided the nominations, and four early winners received their prizes at the press conference: Østin Ommundsen for Best Cinematography(It’s Only Make Believe), Karl Júliusson for Best Stage/Production Design (Kon-Tiki), and Christian Schaanning for Best Sound Design (All That Matters Is Past [+see also:
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, director Sara Johnsen). The Committee’s special prize, the Gullklapper, went to script supervisor Irmelin Wister.

Only three Norwegian children’s film were launched between July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013, and they have all entered the Amanda race. At the ceremony in Haugesund, Viasat will introduce a €13,000 prize for Best Newcomer Actor/Actress, which will go to Maria Blokhus, Tobias Santelmann or Kaja Varjord. The People’s Amanda, voted by general audiences, will also be announced. The festival runs from August 15-22.

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