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Norwegian film "Kon Tiki" nominated for Oscar

kontiki2The Norwegian feature film "Kon Tiki" has been nominated for the Oscars in the category "Best Foreign Film."

The film, based on the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his expedition across the Pacific Ocean in 1947, had earlier also been nominated for the Golden Globes.

"Kon Tiki" was the last of five films to be announced during Thursday's nominations, and is the first Norwegian film to receive nominations for both the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

Meanwhile, it is Norway's fourth Oscar nomination in the "best foreign film" category. Previous nominees are Arne Skouen's "Ni Liv" in 1958, Nils Gaup's "Veiviseren" in 1988, Berit Nesheim's "Søndagsengler" in 1997, and Petter Næss' "Elling" in 2002.

Norway has only won one Oscar for a feature length film, which was for the documentary about Kon Tiki in 1951. With Thursday's Oscar nomination, there is a chance for history to repeat itself, although this time with the fictitious version.

The Oscars will be awarded at the Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles on February 24th, but already this weekend the cast is getting ready for the Golden Globes on Sunday, also in Los Angeles.

(NTB/Østlandsposten)

Julie Ryland


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