A scene from Tuba Atlantic. Photo: Paradox
Director Hallvar Witzøe from Leksvik was nominated for an Academy Award for best short film with “Tuba Atlantic.”
At the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, it became clear just after 4:30 p.m. on Sunday night that Terry George and Oorlagh George won best short film with “The Shore.”
Witzøe took the defeat with composure and says he is glad that he’s come as far as he has, said NTB.
“I am neither disappointed or sad. Or yes, I am both, but not really, in a way. Being nominated is something that I always will be, and the journey the film has taken has been so great that not getting the cream top is not such a big disappointment as you might think,” said Witzøe in a statement shortly after the ceremony early morning Norwegian time .
“I am enormously proud that we have come so far. The film that won, I have seen several times, and I think certainly is a worthy winner,” he said.
The director promised that despite the loss there will be partying after the award ceremony at the Kodak Theatre.
“I am a proud Norwegian, and now we celebrate with all the other nominees. I’ll shake the hands of the winners, they deserved the prize, but we will win on the dance floor,” said Witzøe.
He said he was very pleased with the support he has received recently.
“I am also very fond of the huge enthusiasm we have received from Norway. 93 Norwegians have come over from their country to support us. It is incredibly moving, and especially to feel that a whole nation has been behind us and celebrates this with us,” he said.
Many had “Tuba Atlantic” chosen as their favorite to win, but even if the film did not go to the top, Witzøe and the rest of the team behind made it clear that they have achieved much more than expected with their graduation film from the Film School in Lillehammer.
“For me as a director, we have already come further than I in my wildest dreams thought we would get with the film,” Witzøe previously stated.
For the film, he had previously won prizes including the “Student Oscar.” Earlier in February the film also won the Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand in France.
The five films nominated in the category were:
“Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
“Raju” Max Zahle and Stefan Gieres
“The Shore” Terry George and George Oorlagh
“Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
“Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzøe
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