Sweden’s Oscar entry, winner of the Palme d’Or and recipient of a record six European Film Awards, The Square, has been handed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, which has correctly predicted the outcome of the Academy Awards five times since 2010.
It faces competition from four other films that have been submitted by their respective countries for the Oscars: In the Fade by Fatih Akin (Germany), Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia), First They Killed my Father by Angelina Jolie (Cambodia), and A Fantastic Woman by Sebastían Lelio (Chile).
Director Ruben Östlund told SVT: “What’s cool is that I’ve tried to make a movie that’s wild and entertaining with content that I think is very important, and people have not seen any contradiction in that. It’s not very conventional and the US industry is usually a bit more conservative in its choices.”
However, he is keen not to repeat the mistake he made in 2015 when nominated for a Golden Globe with Force Majeure:
“I and Johannes Bah Kuhnke went to the toilet to check our hair when it was time for Best Foreign Film and a cameraman rushed out wondering where I was… In my world that’s why we didn’t win a Golden Globe – they had to give it to someone who was ready. So this time I’ll check my hair before I go to bed.”
Meanwhile, Alexander Skarsgård’s role in Big Little Lies, which recently earned him an Emmy, has been honoured with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series. It was recently announced that HBO has ordered a second season and Skarsgård is said to be in talks to return.
Winners of the 75th Golden Globes will be revealed at the Beverly Hills Hilton on 7th January 2018.