Although he made the Foreign Language Academy Award shortlist, in a shocking turn of events earlier this month, Ruben Ostlund failed to score a nomination with the lauded Force Majeure. At home, however, he earned a record six Guldbagge Awards last night. At Sweden’s equivalent to the Oscars, Ostlund’s existential comedy/drama scooped prizes for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography (Fredrik Wenzel), Supporting Actor (Kristofer Hivju), and Editing (with Jacob Secher Schulsinger). He had previously won one Guldbagge, for directing Play in 2012.
Before the Oscar shortlist was revealed in December, Ostlund told me he was relieved that Roy Andersson’s Venice Golden Lion winner A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence had not been eligible for submission to AMPAS as Sweden’s Oscar pick. “He is my idol. I was brought up in the 70s. This year is my only chance probably when I can beat him, so I’m very happy.” He may not have made it to the Oscars, but he did best Andersson in the three categories where they went head-to-head last night: Best Film, Director and Editing. Also of note, the Oscar shortlist-snubbed Two Days, One Night won the Foreign Language Guldbagge.
Check out video of a triumphant Ostlund at the ceremony last night: