Norwegian director Morten Tyldum was nominated on Thursday for an Academy Award, the highest honour those working in the film industry can receive. Tyldum’s film, The Imitation Game, was also nominated as best film of the year, and another Norwegian filmmaker snared an Oscar nomination as well.
All told, Tyldum’s film was nominated in eight categories, with its star Benedict Cumberbatch up for the best male actor award and his co-star Keira Knightley nominated as best supporting actress.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that Tyldum himself was out traveling when the nominations were announced and wouldn’t be aware of his Oscar nomination until his flight landed. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award but lost out to the director of the film Boyhood last weekend. That didn’t bother him. Tyldum considered it a victory just to be nominated.
“Being nominated for an Oscar is one of the most prestigious accomplishments any filmmaker can experience,” said Rune Håkonsen, a commentator for NRK. And Tyldum wasn’t the only Norwegian to enjoy it on Thursday:
Torill Kove won her third Oscar nomination, in the category of best animated short film. Kove won the coveted prize in 2007 for her film Den dansek dikteren. Her nomination this year was was for the film Moulton og meg.
“Torill Kove can make it seem so easy, being nominated for the third time,” Håkonsen said. “But behind this, we find a filmmaker who has mastered her medium and developed a sharp sense as story-teller.”
The Academy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on the evening of February 22 (early Monday February 23, Norwegian time).