Sunday, February 20, 2011

2011 EDDA Awards Winners

Yesterday the Academy had their awards ceremony and winners are in *BLUE. To read the full list of winners in English go here and for Icelandic please use the link at the bottom of the page.


The Icelandic Film and Television Academy recently announced the nominations for annual EDDA Awards that honor films released during 2010 and these are the nominees for some categories.

Film of the Year
*Brim (Undercurrent), Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson
Órói (Jitters), Baldvin Zophoníasson
The Good Heart, Dagur Kári

Director of the Year
Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson for Brim (Undercurrent)
Baldvin Zophoníasson for Órói (Jitters)
Baltasar Kormákur for Inhale
*Dagur Kári for The Good Heart
Gunnar B. Guðmundsson for Gauragangur (Hullaballo)

Actress in a Leading Role
Hreindís Ylva Garðarsdóttir in Órói (Jitters), Baldvin Z
Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir in Réttur 2 (Court 2nd) (TV)
Lauren Hennessy in Clean (Short)
*Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir in Brim (Undercurrent), Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson
Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir in Sumarlandið (Summerland), Grímur Hákonarson

Actor in a Leading Role
Atli Óskar Fjalarsson in Órói (Jitters), Baldvin Zophoníasson
Brian Cox in The Good Heart, Dagur Kári
*Ólafur Darri Ólafsson in Rokland (Stormland), Marteinn Thorsson
Ólafur Egill Ólafsson in Brim (Undercurrent), Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson
Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon in Hlemmavideo (TV)

To check nominees in all categories go for English here and for Icelandic here, which is the official site. Award ceremony will be on February 19 and will be broadcast live on Channel 2.

Found interesting the particularities that regulate these awards, especially finding that in the selection process the public votes even when it only counts for 20%; 80% is responsibility of Academy members. That’s true democracy as whoever wins also has the vote of audiences and maybe because this peculiarity “usually well over half of the entire population watches the show” on television. This is what Oscar needs to raise ratings, even if audience vote counts only like 5% -for example- and wouldn’t be fantastic IF World audiences could vote too? Check more information about the awards procedure here.

Another cinema that I enjoy and of course I’m looking forward to be able to watch Inhale by Baltasar Kormákur but also Summerland by Grímur Hákonarson seems interesting as nothing is better than (dark) Icelandic humor in a comedy about “an unusual business of elf tourism and spiritual sessions”.

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