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Danish Film Critics & Japanese Academy Award Winners

Terribly Happy by Henrik Ruben Genz

Henrik Ruben Genz's Terribly Happy, about a Copenhagen cop (Jakob Cedergren) transferred to a Danish village where locals have their own ideas about right and wrong, was the big winner at the Danish Film Critics Association's 2009 Bodil Awards. In addition to its best film win, Terribly Happy also received trophies for best actor (Cedergren), best actress (Lene Maria Christensen), and best supporting actor (Kim Bodnia), plus a couple of (shared) special awards.

Honorary Bodil winner Jorgen Leth, 72, was unable to attend the ceremony because he was in Haiti filming The Erotic Man. Instead, a pre-recorded speech was played featuring Leth at a Haitian cemetery, with three young black women singing a voodoo hymn in the background.

Among the other Bodil Award nominees were Niels Arden Oplev's Worlds Apart, a religion vs. love drama that was Denmark's submission for the 2009 best foreign-language film Academy Award, and Ole Christian Madsen's Flame & Citron, a based-on-a-true-story psychological drama about two friends (Mads Mikkelsen, Thure Lindhardt) fighting in the Danish resistance during World War II.


Best Danish Film / Bedste danske film
Flammen & Citronen / Flame & Citron, Ole Christian Madsen
* Frygtelig Lykkelig / Terribly Happy, Henrik Ruben Genz
Gå med fred Jamil / Go with Peace Jamil, Omar Shargawi
Lille soldat / Little Soldier, Annette K. Olesen
To verdener / Worlds Apart, Niels Arden Oplev

Best American Film / Bedste amerikanske film
The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan
Juno, Jason Reitman
No Country for Old Men, Ethan & Joel Coen
* There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen

Best Foreign (Non-American) Film / Bedste ikke-amerikanske film
The Orphanage, Juan Antonio Bayona, Spain
Control, Anton Corbijn, UK
Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone, Italy
* Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, Sweden
Everlasting Moments, Jan Troell, Sweden

Best Actress / Bedste kvindelige hovedrolle
Laura Christensen (Dig og mig)
* Lene Maria Christensen (Terribly Happy)
Trine Dyrholm (Little Soldier)
Mette Horn (Max Pinlig)
Rosalinde Mynster (Worlds Apart)

Best Actor / Bedste mandlige hovedrolle
* Jakob Cedergren (Terribly Happy)
Henning Jensen (Gaven)
Thure Lindhardt (Flame & Citron)
Dar Salim (Go with Peace Jamil)
Ulrich Thomsen (Den du frygter / Fear Me Not)

Best Supporting Actress / Bedste kvindelige birolle
* Sarah Boberg (Worlds Apart)
Emma Sehested Høeg (Fear Me Not)
Ghita Nørby (Det som ingen ved)
Paprika Steen (Fear Me Not)

Best Supporting Actor / Bedste mandlige birolle
* Kim Bodnia (Terribly Happy)
Lars Brygmann (Terribly Happy)
Finn Nielsen (Little Soldier)
Henrik Prip (Spillets regler)
Jens Jørn Spottag (Worlds Apart)

Best documentary: Burma VJ - Reporting from a Closed Country, directed by Anders Østergaard

Best cinematography: Jorgen Johansson for Terribly Happy and Flame & Citron

Special Bodil for Best Music: Kåre Bjerkø for Terribly Happy, What No One Knows, and Little Soldier

Honorary Bodil: Jorgen Leth

2009 Japanese Academy Awards

2009 Japanese Academy Award winners: Feb. 20, 2009

Yojiro Takitas Departures, about an unemployed cellist who finds work as a professional corpse-beautician of sorts, was the big winner at the 2009 Japanese Academy Awards, bagging a total of 10 trophies (out of 13 nominations), including best film, best director, best actor (Masahiro Motoki), best supporting actor (Tsutomu Yamazaki), best supporting actress (Kimiko Yo) and best screenplay (Kundo Koyama), along with wins for cinematography, lighting, sound and editing.

In addition to winning this years best foreign-language film Oscar, Departures also took top prizes at the Montreal and Palm Springs film festivals, and, with a US$32 million gross, has turned out to be one of Japans top box-office hits in 2008.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Japans biggest box-office hit, was chosen best animated feature, while the planets biggest blockbusterThe Dark Knight, was voted best foreign film.

Kon Ichikawa and Ken Ogata, both of whom died in 2008, were given special posthumous awards.

Best film: Departures

Best foreign film: The Dark Knight

Best animated film: Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea

Best director: Yojiro Takita (Departures)

Best actor: Motoki Masahiro (Departures)

Best actress: Tae Kimura (All Around Us)

Best supporting actress: Kimiko Yo (Departures)

Best supporting actor: Tsutomu Yamazaki (Departures)

Best screenplay: Kundo Koyama (Departures)

Best cinematography: Departures

Best editing: Departures

Best music: Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea

Best lighting: Departures

Best art direction: Paco And The Magical Picture Book

Best sound: Departures

Special award from the chairman: Kon Ichikawa, Ken Ogata

Topical award (actor): Kenichi Matsuyama

Topical award (film): Suspect X

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2 Comments to Danish Film Critics & Japanese Academy Award Winners

  1. jaap

    Terribly happy is a good movie, but Worlds apart would have been my choice.
    It's a very good story about tolerance, kind of like Romeo and Juliet in a way but not so tragic and more modern in look.

  2. Oscar

    Everlasting Moments and The Dark Knight didn't get nominations for the Oscars, but at least they got nominated for the Bodils.