A Danish film that won the Oscar for best international film during the night, Et glass til (Another round), was also being celebrated in Norway on Monday. Its main photographer, Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, is Norwegian along with a key film editor, Anne Østerud. Actress Maria Bonnevie also played a central role.
The film is also based on Norwegian psychiatrist, author and professor Finn Skårderud’s theory that everyone is born with a bit too little inebriation in their systems. A group of four male teachers, all of them struggling with a lack of motivation in everday life, thus decide to steadily, if moderately, drink in order to raise their blood-alcohol levels by half-a-point throughout the day. The drama comedy directed by Thomas Vinterberg, who was also nominated in the best director category, has been a hit and has won several other international film awards.
There was no Oscar for Norwegian Anders Hammer, whose Do not split had been nominated for best short documentary. Hammer’s documentary, which covered pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, had so frightened and angered Chinese officials that they censored broadcasting of the Academy Awards show. The prize for best short documentary went instead to Colette, about a member of the French resistance forces during World War II who visited Germany for the first time in 74 years. Hammer, meanwhile, had claimed that merely winning an Oscar nomination was a victory for his work.