'Nymphomaniac,' 'The Hunt' Leads Denmark's Bodil Awards

Scott Roxborough
The Hollywood Reporter

Lars von Trier's sex epic Nymphomaniac and Oscar favorite The Hunt from von Trier's Dogme 95 co-founder Thomas Vinterberg dominated the nominations for this year's Bodil Awards, Denmark's top film honor, with both taking six noms, including for best Danish film.

The two-part Nymphomaniac premiered on Christmas Day in Denmark to mostly stellar reviews. Von Trier's directors cut of the first Nymphomaniac film will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month. The Bodils will be held in Copenhagen Feb. 1.

In a promotion campaign for the Bodil awards, members of the Danish film critics association posed naked for a poster parodying the erotic marketing campaign for von Trier's hotly-anticipated film. The poster, showing the country's best-known film critics giving their best O-faces, featured the tag line: “they're coming for the Bodils. Are you?”

While the Bodils don't have a best director category (the best film nod is considered a director's prize), Nymphomaniac's ensemble cast was honored, with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Uma Thurman and Jamie Bell all receiving Bodil noms. Mads Mikkelsen, who won the best actor prize in Cannes in 2012 for his starring role in The Hunt picked up a Bodil nomination for best actor and is the odds-on favorite to win.

Other best picture nominees include Mikkel Norgaard's thriller The Keeper Of Lost Causes, which was the most successful title at the Danish box office last year; Michael Noer’s Northwest and Sorrow and Joy from director Nils Malmros.

British actress Kirstin Scott Thomas picked up a supporting actress nomination for her platinum blond turn as Ryan Gosling's foul-mouthed tiger mother in Only God Forgives from Danish helmer Nicolas Winding Refn.

In the best U.S. film category, the Bodil nominees are Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Woody Allen's Before Midnight, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Frances Ha from director Noah Baumbach and Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild.