On Sunday, it’s the annual Oscar’s gala and this year there are 2 Swedish nominations included. Over the Oscar’s 91-year history, 14 Swedes have taken home a statue. Many of these academy awards are for lighting, costumes, photography and direction. Not much for acting. In fact, despite Sweden’s excellent acting corps, only 2 people have won an Oscar for their acting talents.
Do you know who they are?
Below, you will find their names.
1944, Ingrid Bergman for Best Lead Actress in ‘Gaslight’ and in 1956 for ‘Anastasia’. She also won for Best Supporting Actress in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ in 1974
2016, Alicia Vikander for Best Supporting Actress in ‘The Danish Girl’
Sweden has also had a few actors who were nominated and didn’t win:
1972, Ann-Margret for Best Supporting Actress in ‘Carnal Knowledge’ and Best Lead Actress for ‘Tommy’ in 1976
1989, Max von Sydow för Best Lead Actor in ‘Pelle the Conquerer’ and in 2012 for Best Supporting Actor in ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’
1990, Lena Olin for Best Supporting Actress in ‘Enemies: a love story’
Swedish legend Greta Garbo never actually won an Oscar, although she was nominated 4 times. In 1955, she was given an honorary Oscar however.
This year, Sweden has no acting nominees. So we’ll have keep our fingers crossed for the categories best make-up and best music instead.
It can hardly have escaped anyone’s attention that Swedish actress Alicia Wikander is currently the sweetheart of Hollywood. Receiving an Oscar, marrying film star Michael Fassbender, coupled with fantastic acting ability, grace and poise, has positioned her firmly as the actress of her generation.
As I read about Alicia, I became curious about other Swedish actresses who have conquered Hollywood. To my surprise, she is the latest in a list of Swedish actresses stretching back 100 years. I found that there was at least one Swedish actress who broke through per decade (with questionable exception of the 90’s) and who made the Transatlantic step from Nordic success to international recognition and fame.
Here’s the list,
- 2010s – Alicia Wikander
- 2000s – Noomi Rapace
- 1990s – Urma Thurman (pushing it I know – she has roots in Trelleborg)
- 1980’s – Lena Olin
- 1970’s – Maud Adams
- 1960’s – Ann Margret
- 1950s – Anita Ekberg
- 1940’s – Ingrid Bergman
- 1930’s/20’s – Greta Garbo (dominated the 20’s and 30’s)
- 1920’s – Sigrid Holmquist
- 1910’s – Anna Q Nilsson
Other internationally-famous Swedish actresses, past and present
- Rebecca Ferguson (2010’s)
- Sofia Helin (2010’s)
- Malin Åkerman (2000’s)
- Britt Ekland (1960’s)
- Viveca Lindfors (1950’s)
- Zarah Leander (1940’s – Europe, refused to relocate to USA)
Maybe you have a favourite that I have missed out? If so, who?
Negativity. Fear. Concern. These are some of the reactions many Swedes are experiencing about the influx of immigrants to Sweden in the last couple of years. So, I became curious to learn about some of those individuals who came here as refugees or immigrants to make a better life for themselves. People with roots somewhere else who built a home here and who contributed to Swedish society in a positive way.
For the next seven days, I will celebrate these people. My hope is that we can lift our eyes from the challenges of immigration and understand what useful contributions these people can make to society if given the chance. To our society. Our Sweden
Part 4: Madubuko A. Robinson Diakité
Many people in Sweden know who Swedish rapper Timbuktu is. His many hits and TV appearances have made him a household name. However, very few know about his father – a human rights lawyer, writer and documentary filmmaker – who emigrated to Sweden in the 1960’s. – Madubuko A Robinson Diakite.
Madubuko was born in Harlem, USA and moved as a teenager to Africa after his mother married a Nigerian journalist. Inspired by his step father to work with social injustice, he returned to the USA in the 60’s and earned a degree in law. In 1968, he moved to Sweden to study film-making and continued on with a Ph.D. In 1992, he earned a Law degree at Lund University. Currently, he researches in human rights at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund and is active in anti-discrimination organisations in Sweden.
He has published articles on film and human rights law for several international publications, and has headed several projects on the rights of people of African descent. he also wrote the book Not Even in Your Dreams, a semi-autobiographical work studying child abuse in Africa.
Madubuko Diakite came to Sweden as a student and has become a strong voice in the academic and human rights communities. With his own experiences and competence, he has worked to make Swedish society a more open place.
His conviction passes on through the lives he has helped and through the popular music of his successful son.
A promo film on all that is good about Stockholm has created an internet storm. Really informative, and entertaining. Check it out.