Susanne Bier's Dogme hit Open Hearts and Jesper W. Nielsen's Okay both scooped nine nominations for the Danish Oscars, the 20th Robert Film Awards
The Danish Film Academy's nominations for Open Hearts include best film, best director, best actor (Mads Mikkelsen), best actress (Sonja Richter) as well as three best supporting actors (Paprika Steen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Birthe Neumann). Okay 's likewise include best film, best director, best actor (Troels Lyby) and best actress (Paprika Steen) as well as one for best script by Kim Fupz Aakeson. Those two films were closely followed by Ole Bornedal's I Am Dina with eight nominations as well as Lone Scherfig's Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, Helle Ryslinge's Halalabad Blues and Hans Fabian Wullenweber's Catch That Girl with seven nods each.
In the best film category Open Hearts, I Am Dina, Okay and Wilbur are joined by Nils Malmros' Facing The Truth. Bier, Nielsen, Malmros, Scherfig and Ryslinge compete for the best director award. Three films were nominated as best children's/family film, Catch That Girl, Wallah Be and My Sister's Kids In The Snow.
The favourite in the best actor category Mads Mikkelsen (Open Hearts) is up against Kim Bodnia (Old Men In New Cars), Troels Lyby (Okay), Jens Albinus (Facing The Truth) and veteran Joergen Kiil (Minor Mishaps).
In the best actress line-up Paprika Steen is nominated both as best actress (Okay) and best supporting actress (Open Hearts) and seems a favourite in both categories, where Trine Dyrholm (P.O.V.), Sonja Richter (Open Hearts), Anne-Grete Bjarup Riis (Halalabad Blues) and Marie Bonnevie (I Am Dina) also compete for the best actress trophy.
Surprisingly Anders Thomas Jensen's script for Open Hearts was not among the nominees for the script. Instead, the writer-director got a nomination for writing Old Men In New Cars. Okay (Kim Fupz Aakeson), House Of Hearts (Yüksel Isik), Facing The Truth (Nils Malmros, John Mogensen) and Catch That Girl (Nicolaj Arcel) were also nominated for best script.
As usual the ceremony on Feb 2 will also include an audience award voted through the internet site Jubii.