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This Director's Reaction To Not Getting An Oscar Nomination Is Amazing

"I was a victim of my instincts," the Force Majeure director told BuzzFeed News. "I wanted to win, and my emotions took over."

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Of the many surprising developments in Thursday's announcement of the 87th Academy Award nominations, one that was a bit lost in the shuffle was the absence of the Swedish film Force Majeure from the Best Foreign Language Film category.

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The film is a darkly comic character study that follows a family at a ski resort after an avalanche almost overtakes them, and the father figure (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) flees instead of helping to protect his wife and children.

It's among the most acclaimed foreign films of the year, it was on the nine-film Oscars short list for Best Foreign Language Film, and it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes.

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(This is Kuhnke with producer Erik Hemmendorff and writer-director Ruben Östlund at the Globes on Sunday.)


just like the main character in Force Majeure.

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"Yeah, definitely, we tried to do something like imitating a scene in Force Majeure," Östlund told BuzzFeed News on the phone on Friday. "I was a victim of my instincts. I wanted to win, and my emotions took over."

But the director would not actually cop to whether his reaction was completely genuine, either. "You want me to tell you if it's fake or not," he said, laughing. "And of course I don't want to tell you!"

Östlund did admit that he and Hemmendorff expected to be nominated. "The kind of attention we had from the U.S. press and U.S. audience, I think we were quite sure," he said. "I mean, we were very disappointed that we didn't get it."

Their decision to film their reactions to the nominations was meant as an homage to their Swedish filmmaking colleague Patrik Eriksson's 2008 film An Extraordinary Study in Human Degradation, which Eriksson shot entirely from his cell phone camera. "We think those kinds of situations are hilarious at the same time they are human," Östlund said. "You can [have] sympathy for someone who is in it."

"I can tell you that the Oscar nominations and things like that are a possibility to get your film out to a wider audience," Östlund continued. "And what do you do when you're not nominated? … Showing that you are dealing with something like that I think is interesting."

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