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EFA To Honor Danish Actor Mads Mikkelsen, of After the Wedding, Valhalla Rising, Casino Royale

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 25, 2011 at 6:14AM

The European Film Academy will honor Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen with their European Achievement in World Cinema Award at the December 3 event in Berlin. High cheek-boned Mikkelsen--from his performance as villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale to his starring roles in Susanne Bier's Open Hearts and After the Wedding, plus Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising, Ole Christina Madsen's Flame & Citron and Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky--is an immensely watchable actor, and one of our favorites (some trailers below). On receiving the award, Mikkelsen sent the following statement:
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The European Film Academy will honor Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen with their European Achievement in World Cinema Award at the December 3 event in Berlin. High cheek-boned Mikkelsen--from his performance as villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale to his starring roles in Susanne Bier's Open Hearts and After the Wedding, plus Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising, Ole Christina Madsen's Flame & Citron and Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky--is an immensely watchable actor, and one of our favorites (some trailers below). On receiving the award, Mikkelsen sent the following statement:

“There is very little to say when you are honoured with an award of this calibre other than that I am deeply grateful. Seeing the list of former recipients, all giants, and realising that people outside my family keep an eye on my work, makes me accept this award with great humbleness and a big smile.”


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.