‘Simon’ leads Swedish awards race

Ohlin, Ostlund, Aschan nommed for director

LONDON — Lisa Ohlin’s WWII drama “Simon and the Oaks” leads the race for the 2011 Guldbagge, Sweden’s national film awards, with 13 nominations.

“Simon and the Oaks” is vying with Ruben Ostlund’s “Play” and Lisa Aschan’s “She Monkeys” for the best picture crown.

Ohlin, Ostlund and Aschan are also nominated for best director. “Play” and “She Monkeys” are contesting the best screenplay prize with Pernilla Oljelund’s script for “Stockholm East.”

“Play” has seven nominations overall, followed by Ella Lemhagen’s “The Crown Jewels” with five.

Mikael Persbrandt (“Stockholm East”), Sven-Bertil Taube (“A One-Way to Antibes”) and Kevin Vaz (“Play”) are competing for best actor. Ann Petren (“Happy End”), Magdalena Poplawska (“Between 2 Fires”) and Helen Sjoholm (“Simon and the Oaks”) are nominated for best actress.

The prize for best foreign film is contested by Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Dogtooth.”

The Guldbagge ceremony, organized by the Swedish Film Institute, will take place Jan. 21 at Cirkus in Stockholm. The nominations and winners are voted by a jury of 43 industry members.

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