Húsavík, Iceland Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Oscars Ceremony

Húsavík Oscar

Residents of Húsavík have literally painted the town red for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, which features a musical performance filmed in the North Iceland locale. A girls’ choir from the town will take part in the ceremony in a performance of the Oscar-nominated ballad Húsavík, featured in the Will Ferrel film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. The other four nominated songs will be performed from the roof terrace of Los Angeles’ yet-to-open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Húsavík residents have made the most of the nomination, painting a red carpet on the main street and launching a campaign called “An Óskar for Húsavík,” where they implore the world to help the ballad win an Academy Award. The campaign is part of town residents’ efforts to open a temporary Eurovision museum, in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union and Iceland’s national broadcaster RÚV.

The song Húsavík – My Home Town can be heard in its entirety below.

Agnes Joy is Iceland’s 2021 Oscar Submission

Agnes Joy Icelandic film

Feature film Agnes Joy will be Iceland’s submission to the 2021 Oscar Awards. The film recently received nine nominations at Iceland’s Edda Awards for film and theatre and won in six categories, including Best Film, Best Script, and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Nordic Drama reported first.

Agnes Joy follows the middle-aged Rannveig (Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir), who is bored by her suburban life. When a well-known actor moves in next door, both Rannveig and her rebellious daughter Agnes (Donna Cruz) become interested in him. The film also features performances from Þorsteinn Bachmann, who plays Rannveig’s husband, and rapper Kristinn Óli Haraldsson (known as Króli).

Read More: Agnes Joy Premieres in South Korea

The 93rd Academy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 25, 2021. A shortlist of ten foreign films will be announced by the Academy on February 9 and the final five nominees will be revealed on March 15, 2021.

 

Hildur Guðnadóttir Earns Oscar Nomination for Joker

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir has earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for the film Joker. Hildur became the first solo woman to win a Golden Globe in the same category on January 4.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards yesterday. The ceremony will take place on February 9, 2020, in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir is the only woman nominated in the category of Best Original Score and the fifth woman in Oscar history to be nominated in the category. Her fellow nominees are Alexandre Desplat (Little Women), Randy Newman (Marriage Story) Thomas Newman (1917), and John Williams (Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker).

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Hildur related her experience of a distinctly Hollywood moment: “My husband got an ear infection, so I’m actually at the doctor’s office[,] and one of the nurses just came up and congratulated me! […] For a girl from a small town in Iceland, it’s kind of surreal to be sitting in a doctor’s office in L.A. and be congratulated by the nurse.”

Hildur Guðnadóttir is a classically trained cellist who has been composing for film and television for nearly two decades. On Sunday, January 4, Hildur earned a Golden Globe in the same category, becoming the first solo woman in history to win. She had previously won an Emmy for her work on the T.V. series Chernobyl. Iceland Review spoke to Hildur in 2019.

Seven Icelanders have earned Oscar nominations in the past: director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson for Börn náttúrunnar (Best Foreign Language Film); Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Sjón for I’ve Seen It All (Best Original Song); filmmakers Rúnar Rúnarsson and Þórir Snær Sigurjónsson for Síðasti bærinn (Best Short Film); Sturla Gunnarsson for After the Axe (Best Documentary Feature); and Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario and The Theory of Everything (Best Original Score).

A White, White Day Will Be Iceland’s Submission to the Oscars

A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) will be Iceland’s submission for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. It won the electronic vote on the Icelandic submission to the Oscars by a landslide, voted on by the members of ÍKSA, the Icelandic Film and Television Academy.

Hlynur Pálmason wrote and directed the film, which was world premiered at Cannes International Critic’s Week last May. The film’s star Ingvar E Sigurðsson was awarded the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award for his acting in A White, White Day.  The film will also be Iceland’s submission to the Nordic Council Film Prize and has been longlisted for the European Film Awards.

The film is director Hlynur Pálmason’s second film, following the critically acclaimed 2017 Danish/Icelandic production Winter Brothers.

Read Iceland Review’s recent interview with the film’s star, Ingvar E Sigurðsson.