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Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars

Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments, a Golden Globe nominee and Sweden's entry for the 2009 best foreign-language film Academy Award, received eight Golden Beetle nominations, including best film, director, actor, actress, and screenplay.

Set in the early 1900s, Everlasting Moments follows a young working-class woman (Finnish actress Maria Heiskanen) who wins a camera in a lottery, thus gaining a new outlook in life. The screenplay was written by Niklas Rådström from a story by Troell and his wife, Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell, whose grandmother was the inspiration for the film's lead character.

Troell has previously won five Golden Beetles: two for director (Here's Your Life, 1966, and As White as Snow, 2001), one for cinematography (As White as Snow, shared with Mischa Gavrjusjov), one for producing the year's best film (Il Capitano, 1991), and a career achievement award (1989).

With five nominations apiece, 2009 Golden Beetle runners-up were Tomas Alfredson's vampire drama Let the Right One In and Ruben Ostlund's teen drama Involuntary.

2009 Swedish Film Institute's Golden Beetle nominations: December 30, 2008

2009 Golden Beetle winners: Cirkus in Stockholm, January 12, 2009

A jury of 31 members picked the 2009 Guldbagge Award nominees.

Best Film
De ofrivilliga / Involuntary, Producer: Erik Hemmendorff
Låt den rätte komma in / Let the Right One In, Producers: John Nordling och Carl Molinder
* Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick / Everlasting Moments, Producer: Thomas Stenderup

Best Foreign Language Film
* Lust, Caution, Director: Ang Lee 
No Country for Old Men, Director: Joel Coen 
There Will Be Blood, Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Documentary Film
H:r Landshövding / Mr Governor, Director: Måns Månsson
En enastående studie i mänsklig förnedring / An Extraordinary Study in Human Degradation, Director: Patrik Eriksson
* Maggie vaknar på balkongen / Maggie in Wonderland, Director: Mark Hammarberg, Ester Martin Bergsmark, Beatrice Maggie Andersson

Best Director
* Tomas Alfredson, for Let the Right One In
Jan Troell, for Everlasting Moments
Ruben Östlund, for Involuntary

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Lena Endre, for her role as Susanna in Himlens hjärta / Heaven's Heart
* Maria Heiskanen, for her role as Maria Larsson in Everlasting Moments
Cecilia Milocco, for her role as the teacher in Involuntary

Best Actor in a Leading Role
* Mikael Persbrandt, for his role as Sigfrid Larsson in Everlasting Moments
Gustaf Skarsgård, for his role as Göran Skoogh in Patrik 1,5 / Patrik Age 1.5
Peter Stormare, for his role as Klemens in Varg / Wolf

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
* Maria Lundqvist, for her role as Ann in Heaven's Heart
Amanda Ooms, for her role as Mathilda in Everlasting Moments
Marie Robertson, for her role as Birgitta in Rallybrudar

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
* Jesper Christensen, for his role as Sebastian Pedersen in Everlasting Moments
Torkel Petersson, for his role as Sven Skoogh in Patrik Age 1.5
Per Ragnar, for his role as Håkan in Let the Right One In

Best Screenplay
* John Ajvide Lindqvist, for his script for Let the Right One In
Niklas Rådström, Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell and Jan Troell, for their script for Everlasting Moments
Ruben Östlund and Erik Hemmendorff, for their script for Involuntary

Best Cinematography
Marius Dybwad Brandrud, for his cinematography in Involuntary
* Hoyte van Hoytema, for his cinematography in Let the Right One In
Jan Troell och Mischa Gavrjusjov, for their cinematography in Everlasting Moments

Best Short Film and best Documentary Film
Dockpojken / Puppetboy, Director: Johannes Nyholm
Istället för abrakadabra / Instead of Abracadabra, Director: Patrik Eklund
* Lögner / Lies, Director: Jonas Odell

Best Achievement (special awards)
Composer Matti Bye, Everlasting Moments 
Production designer Eva Norén, Let the Right One In
Per Sundström and his sound crew Jonas Jansson and Patrik Strömdahl, Let the Right One In

Lifetime Achievement Award: Actress Harriet Andersson

The Gullspira Award (for extraordinary contributions in films for children): Georg Riedel

Audience Award: Arn Riket vid vägens slut / Arn: The Kingdom at Road's End, director: Peter Flinth

Harvey Milk Movie Wins More Awards

Milk Sean Penn James FrancoSean Penn as Harvey Milk and James Franco as his lover, gay activist Scott Smith, in Gus Van Sant's 'Milk'

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BEST FILM 
* Milk 
Slumdog Millionaire 
WALL-E

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
* David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Gus Van Sant, Milk

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
* Sean Penn, Milk 
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon 
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Meryl Streep, Doubt 
* Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road / The Reader

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Josh Brolin, Milk 
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt 
* Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Viola Davis, Doubt
* Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
* The Edge of Heaven
Let the Right One In 
Tell No One

BEST CANADIAN FILM
* C'est pas moi, je le jure!
Heaven on Earth
The Necessities of Life

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM 
Atom Egoyan, Adoration 
* Philippe Falardeau, C'est pas moi, je le jure!
Deepa Mehta, Heaven on Earth

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM 
Antoine L'Écuyer, C'est pas moi, je le jure!
Jim Sturgess, Fifty Dead Men Walking
* Natar Ungalaaq, The Necessities of Life

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM 
* Marianne Fortier, Maman est chez le coiffeur 
Julianne Moore, Blindness 
Preity Zinta, Heaven on Earth

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM 
Gael Garcia Bernal, Blindness 
* Randy Quaid, Real Time 
Mark Ruffalo, Blindness

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Jayne Eastwood,, Real Time
* Suzanne Clément, C'est pas moi, je le jure!
Maya Ritter, Finn's Girl

BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
* Fifty Dead Men Walking
Edison and Leo 
Stone of Destiny

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM INDUSTRY
William Vince

Photo of Sean Penn as Harvey Milk and James Franco as his lover, gay activist Scott Smith, in Gus Van Sant's Milk: Focus Features.

Palm Springs Film Festival winners

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Best Narrative Feature: Departures (Japan) directed by Yojiro Takita

Best Documentary Feature: Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (USA) directed by Eric Bricker

CRITICS AWARDS

FIPRESCI Prize (foreign-language films submitted for an Academy Award): Revanche, directed by Götz Spielmann

FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor: Natar Ungalaaq, The Necessities of Life (Canada) directed by Benoît Pilon

FIPRESCI Award for Best Actress: Martina Gusman, Lion's Den (Argentina) directed by Pablo Trapero

New Voices / New Visions Award: Hooked (Romania/France) directed by Adrian Sitaru

Special Jury Mention: Rain (Bahamas), directed by Maria Govan

John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature (Narrative or Documentary): Amin Matalqa for Captain Abu Raed (Jordan/USA)

Bridging the Borders Award: Waltz with Bashir (Israel), directed by Ari Folman

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