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Oscars 2011: Best Foreign Language Film Winner In A Better World, Susanne Bier Talks

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2011 at 5:37AM

Best Foreign Language Film: In A Better World, (Denmark) Director Susanne Bier (here's our interview)
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Best Foreign Language Film: In A Better World, (Denmark) Director Susanne Bier (here's our interview)

ONSTAGE SPEECH: "This is a real Oscar? Thank you so much, the Academy, what an honor. I am so truly honored and grateful and happy, thank you very much. I really need to congratulate my fellow nominees whose movies were amazing. And I really want to thank Tom Bernard and Michael Barker at Sony Classics for believing so strongly "In a Better World." All my, all my creative partners whether they are in this room or in Denmark or Sweden, this one belongs to all of you as much as it belongs to me. Thank you very much."

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BACKSTAGE Q & A: So, now you have a Golden Globe and now you have an Oscar.  What are you going to do with these two statues when you get back to your homeland?

A. "Well, I don't know what I'll do when I get back to my homeland, but tonight, I'll preferably put them next to my cushion in my bedroom and when I get back, I'll put them somewhere where I'll watch them all the time.  I'm really very proud.  I mean, this is fantastic." 

Q. You were saying that the other movies were great, the other movies in the category.  What else can you say about them?  Was there anything in particular that you thought, "Okay, that's going to win"?

A. "You know, actually, I mean, this might sound weird but I actually hadn't really been thinking about, "This one is going to win."  You know, the thing is as a filmmaker, you are naturally interested in good movies and you're naturally interested in movies that have a real impact on you, and all the foreign movies had an impact on me.  And it's an interesting thing with this category because you kind of feel like you're colleagues, and you feel incredibly sort of provoked or whatever about the movie.  And of course I want to win but you're also intrigued by the story that's happening."

Q. We were talking on the red carpet and I asked you do you know what you're going to say if you win, what you want to tell the world.  Did you actually have your speech ready and did you say what you wanted to say and what you intended to?

A. "I didn't say anything I intended to."

[Courtesy of the © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.]

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Genres, Oscars, Drama, Foreign

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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.