Another Round wins the Oscar for Best International Film

This year’s awards season has finally come to an end with the ceremony of the 93rdAcademy Awards, two months later than originally planned due to pandemic restrictions and the deceleration of film releases.

Another expected moment was Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round receiving the Oscar for Best International Feature Film. This rounds off a brilliant run for the Danish-Swedish-Dutch co-production, one that included both Denmark’s Robert awards (news) and European Film Awards (read news) sweeps, a César win (news) and a BAFTA win (news), in the lead-up to the LUX Award, for which the film is nominated (news). Also nominated in the Best Director category, Vinterberg was again responsible for one of the most touching moments of the ceremony, dedicating the win to his daughter Ida, who passed away in a car accident during the film’s shoot. The director expressed, "We wanted to make a film that celebrates life. Four days into shooting, the impossible happened. We ended up making this movie for Ida, as a monument. This is a miracle, and you are part of this miracle."

Unfortunately, the double nomination of Alexander Nanau’s documentary Collective (Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film) didn’t translate into any win. However, this was still a satisfying closure to the film’s wonderful presence in this year’s award season, having been one of the best-reviewed and most-awarded films in the run, featuring accolades from the National Society of Film Critics (Best Film not in the English Language), the Boston Critics’ Circle (Best Documentary) and the National Board of Review (an inclusion among the Best Foreign Films of the year). The film was also nominated in the Best Documentary category at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which were also held this week in Los Angeles.

Rather unsurprisingly, the list of awarded films is led by Chloé Zhao’s Golden Lion winner Nomadland, while some European titles such as Florian Zeller’s The Father also shone at the ceremony. Read more about it on Cineuropa.