Another Round and Collective in the running for the 2021 Oscars

The LUX Audience Award will have a strong presence at the 2021 Academy Awards, which will soon wrap up the extended award season of this pandemic year. As announced on 15 March, two of this year’s LUX finalists — Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg and Collective by Alexander Nanau — will compete in various categories at the prestigious film awards. This feat marks the first time that two LUX Award-nominated films have been nominated for the Oscars, with not one but two nods each (while Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa also made the shortlist last year).

Another Round stands out as the frontrunner in the Best International Feature Film category, a recognition that seems even more decided after its recent victory at the BAFTAs. More surprising was Vinterberg’s nomination for Best Director, which welcomes the Danish filmmaker into the selected group of foreign helmers who have managed to score simultaneous mentions in those two categories, following in the footsteps of others like Bong Joon-ho, Alfonso Cuarón or Pawel Pawlikowski. Another Round focuses on a group of high school teachers led by Mads Mikkelsen, who go on to test the theory that humans function best with a low degree of blood alcohol level. After being distinguished with the 2020 Cannes Film Festival label, the film became the biggest box office hit of the year in Denmark, while enjoying a successful international run of festivals and awards.

Likewise, Alexander Nanau’s Collective made history becoming the first-ever Romanian film nominated for the Oscars, while repeating Honeyland’s accomplishment from last year by being shortlisted in both the Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary categories. The documentary exposes the corruption rooted in the Romanian healthcare system, following the tragic events of the Colectiv nightclub fire back in 2015. Collective was revealed Out of Competition at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival, before screening in Toronto and Sundance, among many others, and has gathered much praise during its run for the Oscars.

The winners will be unveiled this Sunday, 25 April, during the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles. In the meantime, the ‘Watch and Vote’ period for the LUX Audience Award is still open, with audiences across Europe able to cast their votes for their favourite films until 23 May.