Alicia Vikander with her Oscar.
Alicia Vikander with her Oscar. Photo: Chris Pizzello/TT

Swede Alicia Vikander wins Oscar

"I want to thank my friends and my mom and dad"
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At Sunday night's Academy Awards, Alicia Vikander became the first Swede to win an acting Oscar since 1975, when Ingrid Bergman received the best supporting actress award for her part in Murder on the Orient Express.

During her emotional acceptance speech, Vikander threw in a few words in Swedish, thanking all of those "back home".

"I want to thank my friends and my mom and dad," she said. "Thank you for giving me the belief that anything can happen, even though I would never have believed this."

In The Danish Girl, Vikander plays artist Gerda Wegener who is married to fellow artist Lili Elbe, a transgender pioneer. British actor Eddie Redmayne was also nominated for his role as Elbe, but lost out to Leonardo DiCaprio who was awarded for his part in The Revenant.

Two other Swedes, make-up artists Eva von Bahr and Love Larson, were nominated in the best makeup and hairstyling category for The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, but the award went to Mad Max: Fury Road.

SWEDISH OSCAR WINNERS

Oscarsstatyett. Foto: AP/TT.
An Oscar statuette.


Actress in a Leading Role
Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight, 1945
Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia, 1957

Actress in a Supporting Role
Ingrid Bergman, Murder on the Orient Express, 1975
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl, 2016

Foreign Language Film
Ingmar Bergman, The Virgin Spring, 1961
Ingmar Bergman, Through a Glass Darkly, 1962
Ingmar Bergman, Fanny and Alexander, 1984

Documentary
Olle Nordemar Kon-Tiki, 1951
Malik Bendjelloul, Searching for Sugar Man, 2013

Cinematography
Sven Nykvist, Cries and Whispers, 1974
Sven Nykvist, Fanny and Alexander, 1984

Film Editing
Tom Rolf, The Right Stuff, 1984

Costume Design
Ulla-Britt Söderlund, Barry Lyndon, 1976
Marik Vos-Lundh, Fanny and Alexander, 1984

Production Design
Anna Asp, Fanny and Alexander, 1984

Sound Mixing
Paul Ottosson, The Hurt Locker, 2010

Sound Editing
Per Hallberg, Braveheart, 1996
Per Hallberg, The Bourne Ultimatum, 2008
Paul Ottosson, The Hurt Locker, 2010
Per Hallberg, Skyfall, 2013
Paul Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty, 2013

Short Film
Arne Sucksdorff, Symphony of a City, 1949

Source: The National Encyclopedia

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