‘Melancholia’ Leads Noms for Denmark’s Bodil Awards

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First a family feud spoils Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard's wedding. Then the planet Melancholia threatens to destroy Earth. Despite the film's obvious beauty, von Trier "manages to turn the end of the world into a bit of a bore," THR's Todd McCarthy wrote  from Cannes.

The NSFC picked Lars Von Trier's end-of-the-world drama as best film and star Kirsten Dunst best actress of the year.

COLOGNE, Germany – The end of the world never looked so good. Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic drama Melancholia is the frontrunner for this year’s Bodil Awards, Denmark’s leading film honor, with six nominations, including best film and noms for the entire main cast, including Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, John Hurt and Charlotte Rampling.

Last weekend, the National Society of Film Critics in the U.S. named Melancholia the best film of the past year and honored Dunst’s performance as a depressed bride waiting for Armageddon, with its best actress nod. Melancholia was also the big winner at the European film awards, taking three trophies including best film.

Von Trier’s main competition for the Bodils is Pernille Fischer Christensen’s A Family, which received five nominations and Ole Christian Madsen’s SuperClasico – Denmark’s official entry for the 2012 foreign language Oscar, which received three Bodil noms.

The Bodil’s have a best American film category and this year’s nominees include Drive from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn and Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life alongside former Oscar contenders Black Swan, True Grit and Winter’s Bone. For best non-American film, the Bodils have put forward Iranian drama A Separation from Asghar Farhadi, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Gods and Men from Xavier Beauvois and Norwegian drama Oslo, August 31 from Joachim Trier.

The 65th Bodils will be announced in Copenhagen on March 3.