The King's Choice - Norway's number one in the cinemas - scoops most of the Amandas
- Erik Poppe’s film was nominated for a record 13 prizes but left with eight at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund
Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s World War II epic The King’s Choice [+see also:
interview: Erik Poppe
film profile], which was number one in the Norwegian cinemas’ top-ten chart of 2016, was also the big winner at the ceremony to hand out the Amanda Awards – Norway’s national film prizes – which was hosted by Norwegian actress Pia Tjelta and took place on Saturday at the Scandic Maritim Hall in Haugesund, preceding the opening of the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival.
The Norwegian Amanda Committee had nominated the film in 13 categories, and in the end the movie left with eight statuettes – for Best Norwegian Feature, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production/Stage Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Musical Score, Best Editing and Best Sound Design. Poppe’s Hawaii, Oslo [+see also:
film profile] also received the Award for Best Norwegian Feature back in 2004.
Several of this year’s winners already had Amandas on their mantelpiece: Rasmus A Sivertsen, whose In the Forest of Huckybucky [+see also:
film profile] was named Best Children’s Movie, had two; Izer Alu, who was voted Best Director for Hunting Flies [+see also:
interview: Izer Aliu
film profile], had one; and Kristoffer Joner was honoured for Best Actor for the third time. Norwegian producer Axel Helgeland, who has 20 features to his credit, was given the Committee’s Honorary Award.
Here is the full list of the 2017 Amanda Award winners:
Best Supporting Actor
Karl Markovics – The King’s Choice
Best Original Screenplay
Harald Rosenløw Eeg, Jan Trygve Røyneland – The King’s Choice
Øystein Mamen – The Rules for Everything
Best Production/Stage Design
Peter Bävman – The King’s Choice
Best Visual Effects
Arne Kaupang – The King’s Choice
Best Musical Score
Johan Söderqvist – The King’s Choice
Einar Egeland – The King’s Choice
Best Sound Design
Christian Schaanning – The King’s Choice
My Sister – Liv Joelle Barbosa Blad
Best International Feature
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan (USA)
The Golden Clapper
The Amanda Committee’s Honorary Prize
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