Flee makes history in the running for the 2022 Oscars
The films nominated for the LUX Audience Award by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy keep making history at the Academy Awards. Last year, for the first time ever, two LUX Award finalists were nominated for the Oscars in two different categories: Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg and 2021 LUX Audience Award winner Collective by Alexander Nanau.
On 8 February, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 2022 Academy Awards (see the full list here), with European films featuring heavily. Among the nominees was Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated documentary Flee, one of this year’s finalists for the LUX Audience Award, which received a total of three nominations, making it the first film ever to be nominated in the Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film categories. The 94th edition of the Academy Awards ceremony will take place on 27 March, and Flee looks set to be a strong contender.
The other two films competing for the 2022 LUX Audience Award, Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić and Great Freedom by Sebastian Meise, have also had long and successful runs on the festival circuit, garnering much praise from critics and audience members alike. Meise’s feature was shortlisted for the Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category. The film, which stars Franz Rogowski in the lead role, is enjoying domestic success in theatres in Austria, and has been released across Europe. Quo Vadis, Aida? was also in the running for the Academy Awards last year, becoming one of the most celebrated films of the season since its world premiere at Venice. These three wonderful films will continue to travel the continent in the coming months, aiming to reach a wide audience through a range of screenings and organised events. In the meantime, the ‘Watch and Vote’ period for the 2022 LUX Audience Award is still open, with audiences in Europe invited to cast their votes for their favourite films before 23 May at www.luxaward.eu.