February 20, 2015
This Sunday the 87th Annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, will be airing on ABC from sunny Los Angeles. It is currently minus one degree outside. Even if I wasn’t a movie-watcher, I’d tune in if simply to get my mind off of this unreasonable weather!
However, I am a lover of movies, as I’m sure many of you are, and I always look forward to Oscar night. This year I will be visiting Mormor at The Danish Home, where they will be having a Red Carpet Party. In anticipation for the big night they have been viewing past Oscar-winning films. Earlier this month they watched The Blind Side – 2010 winner in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category, and nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year- and next week they’ll watch Walk the Line – 2006 winner in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category.
This month is no exception, as you can often find the residents of The Danish Home watching films and travelogues. Not to mention, once each month their friends at the Danish American Athletic Club (DAAC) sponsor a movie night.
Speaking of our DAAC friends, this Sunday is their annual Fastelavn Celebration. The actual Danish holiday was observed this past Monday, but this national fête, also called The Nordic Halloween, celebrates the tradition of children dressing in costumes and taking turns knocking a balsa wood barrel (once containing a live cat!), piñata-style, until treats are expelled and a King or Queen of Cats is crowned. You can read more about Fastelavn from this post.
I’m sure at this weekend’s party there will be many children dressed as Captain America or characters from the X-Men and, coincidently, these are just two of the movies that have been nominated for an Academy Awards this year!
Speaking of the awards, since 1956 (they began in 1928) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee then votes via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award. The Danish Film Institute selects Denmark’s submissions each year, and all but 6 of the past 59 years has included a Danish film submission. Denmark has had some success in this category. They’ve been nominated 11 times and won 3 of those (’87, ’88, 2010).
Denmark has had success in other categories as well. In this article from The Danish Film Institute website lists past Danish Oscar entries and winners, and discusses the three Danish films that were nominated in 2014 (one of them, Helium, won the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action). In August, a blogger released a list of Europe’s Foreign Film Contenders for this year’s awards. Although five Danish films are highlighted as top contenders this year, none of them ended up making the cut. Oh well, there’s always next year!
Will you be watching?