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AWARDS Norway

The King's Choice - Norway's number one in the cinemas - scoops most of the Amandas

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- Erik Poppe’s film was nominated for a record 13 prizes but left with eight at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund

The King's Choice - Norway's number one in the cinemas - scoops most of the Amandas
The team behind The King's Choice with one of their Amanda Awards (© Haakon Nordvik)

Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s World War II epic The King’s Choice [+see also:
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interview: Erik Poppe
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, 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

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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:
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 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:
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 was named Best Children’s Movie, had two; Izer Alu, who was voted Best Director for Hunting Flies [+see also:
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interview: Izer Aliu
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, 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 Norwegian Feature
The King’s Choice [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Erik Poppe
film profile
]
 – Erik Poppe (Norway/Ireland)

Best Children’s Movie
In the Forest of Huckybucky [+see also:
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]
 – Rasmus A Sivertsen (Norway/Netherlands)

Best Director
Izer Alu - Hunting Flies [+see also:
trailer
interview: Izer Aliu
film profile
]
(Norway)

Best Actress
Ruby Dagnall – Framing Mom [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
(Norway/Denmark/Germany)

Best Actor
Kristoffer Joner – Handle with Care [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arild Andresen
film profile
]
(Denmark/Norway/Netherlands)

Best Supporting Actress
Sarah Francesca Brænne – The Rules for Everything [+see also:
trailer
interview: Kim Hiorthøy
film profile
]
(Norway)

Best Supporting Actor
Karl Markovics – The King’s Choice

Best Original Screenplay
Harald Rosenløw Eeg, Jan Trygve Røyneland – The King’s Choice

Best Cinematography
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

Best Editing
Einar Egeland – The King’s Choice

Best Sound Design
Christian Schaanning – The King’s Choice

Best Short
My Sister – Liv Joelle Barbosa Blad 

Best Documentary
Nowhere to Hide [+see also:
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]
– Zaradasht Ahmed (Norway/Sweden)

Best International Feature
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan (USA)

The Golden Clapper
Inge-Lise Langfeldt

The People’s Amanda
Marcus & Martinus [+see also:
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 – Daniel Fahre (Norway)

The Amanda Committee’s Honorary Prize
Axel Helgeland

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