The coveted Aamot Award, given by Norway's film distribution professionals and theatre managers, has been bestowed on local actor Joergen Langhelle for his contribution to Norwegian film. The prize has existed since 1959 and is considered to be the finest, as it for some 30 years was the only major cinema award in Norway.

Langhelle has in recent years been active on both stage and screen, following his breakthrough in Liv Ullmann's historic drama Kristin Lavransdatter in 1995. Following a small role in the local and international hit Elling, he is currently starring in Trygve Allister Diesen's new drama Hold My Heart (Tyven Tyven), which has been selected for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was presented at the Cannes market by Nordisk Film International Sales.

The Aamot jury of Linn Ullmann, Finn Skaarderud, Arne Chr. Thronsen, Kalle Loechen, Kristin Aalen Hundsager and Lene Loeken stated: 'Joergen Langhelle has an ability to make his characters strong, complex and many sided. He fills the screen and is noticeable even in the smallest parts.'

Among recent recipients of the Aamot Award are Knut Erik Jensen, Liv Ullmann, Lars Saabye Christensen and Sigve Endresen.