Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur’s latest film Djúpið (The Deep) has missed out on an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, as confirmed at the official nomination announcement ceremony this afternoon.
The nominations were announced at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills by actor Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone and include A Royal Affair, (Denmark), Amour (Austria), Kon-Tiki (Norway), No (Chile) and War Witch (Canada).
The Deep, which had widely been tipped to secure the prestigious nomination, recounts the 1984 sinking of a fishing trawler in the forbidding seas off Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands) and the remarkable survival of one of its crew members, Guðlaugur Friðþórsson.
The film was selected to represent Iceland after winning against Borgríki (City State), Frost, Hetjur Valhallar – Þór (Legends of Valhalla: Thor) and Svartur á leik (Black’s Game) and was among 71 films on the final list of eligible submissions for the Best Foreign Film category for this year's awards. The Deep was among nine films shortlisted in January.
Two Icelandic films have been nominated for an Academy Award in the past, Children of Nature (Börn náttúrunnar; 1991) directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson and the short film The Last Farm (Síðasti bærinn: 2004) by Rúnar Rúnarsson.
The 85th Academy Awards will be held on February 24.