Oscar 2017 Predictions: Will Norway get a Sixth Oscar Nomination for 'The King's Choice?'
Norway has submitted "The King's Choice" to represent the country at the Academy Award.
Directed by Erik Poppe, the docudrama tells the story of the king of Norway who faces a choice that will change his country forever when the German soldiers arrive in the city of Oslo. The film premiered at the Filmfest Oslo and later opened in Norway.
"The King's Choice" represents the second time Poppe represents the country. In 2004 the director's "Hawaii, Oslo" was submitted but did not get nominated.
Norway has been submitting to the Academy Awards since 1957 and has been nominated five times. The country was nominated for its first submission "Nine Lives," which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was last nominated in 2012 for the film "Kon-Tiki."
Last year the country submitted the disaster film "The Wave." The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was released in Magnolia to great reviews.
Every year a number of countries submit films to compete in the Foreign Language Film category. This year is shaping up to be a very competitive year with Denmark submitting "Land of Mine," Germany submitting the festival favorite "Toni Erdmann" and Spain submitting Pedro Almodovar's 20th film "Julieta." Other film that will likely be huge contenders include "House of Others," "Sieranevada," "The Ardennes," "Chevalier," "Mother., ""El Clasico," "From Afar" and "Neruda."
Last year the category went to Hungary for the harrowing Holocaust thriller "Son of Saul." The film made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival before going onto make an impact in the festival circuit.
The Foreign Language Film deadline to submit is Oct. 3. On Jan. 17 the Academy will announce the nine finalists from among the eligible films and on Jan. 24 nominations will be announced. The winner will be announced at the Oscar ceremony on Feb. 26.