Liv Ullmann Presented With Honorary Oscar Award

During a ceremony at the 12th Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, Norwegian actor and director Liv Ullmann was presented with an Honorary Oscar Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service to her profession.

Ullmann began her career as a stage actress in Norway, but achieved international recognition with Persona (1966), the first of several films with director Ingmar Bergman. Ullmann’s career continued to blossom, leading to Oscar nominations for Best Actress in Jan Troell’s The Emigrants (1971) and Ingmar Bergman’s Face to Face (1976).  She made her directorial debut in 1992 with Sofie and brought her career full circle by directing Faithless (Trolösa) in 2000 based on a script by Bergman.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said: “The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to honour extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Director of the Norwegian Film Institute, Kjersti Mo, added: “Dear Liv, congratulations on your Honorary Oscar for your lifelong efforts for film and the Oscar Academy… We are incredibly proud and grateful for the efforts that you have made and the role you have played for Norway as a cultural nation for so many years in cinema, stage, television and as a writer and director.”