Despite no Danish films being up for an Oscar this year, the annual Hollywood awards show still produced some victories for Denmark.
The Polish film Ida, which was co-produced by Danes Christian Husum and Sofie Wanting Hassing, took home the statue for the best Foreign Language Film. The film also had a Danish composer, Kristian Eidnes Andersen, and was produced with support from the Danish Film Institute.
“We won! Fantastic! Everything is awesome when you’ve just won an Oscar,” Husum texted TV2 from inside the Dolby Theatre.
Another Dane, Ken Museth, was already an Oscar winner before Sunday’s ceremony even got underway. The Oscars are handed out in two phases, with the first paying tribute to some of the technical accomplishments in the film industry. There, Museth won a Technical Achievement Award for his breakthrough work that made it easier – and cheaper – to make special effects using less computer memory.
“We have reduced the memory needs 16,000 times over. It’s much cheaper to make this type of effect and we can do it much quicker,” Museth, who works for Dreamworks and has produced effects for films like How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods, told TV2.
Another Danish hopeful at the Oscars, Song of the Sea, went home empty-handed. The animated film was co-produced by the Danish studio Nørlum but was topped by Disney’s Big Hero 6 in the Animated Feature Film category.