Banned by Cannes, Von Trier’s revered by critics

Another award for ‘Melancholia’ suggests a probable Oscar nod

It’s a general rule of thumb that Nazis and sci-fi make a bad mix in the movie world, but it doesn’t look like Lars von Trier was listening. His arthouse film about the apocalypse, ‘Melancholia’, has won yet another award – this time the prestigious National Society of Film Critics gong, which in previous years has been a reasonable indicator of Oscar pedigree.

The award was complemented by one for Kirsten Dunst in the best actress category and follows the European Film Award the film won in December. However, Von Trier missed out in the best director category to Terrence Malik for ‘Tree of Life’, and the film also came up short for best cinematography.

In the last seven years, two winners of the Film Critics award have gone on to triumph at the Oscars: ‘Million Dollar Baby’ in 2004 and ‘The Hurt Locker’ in 2009. The Oscar nominations are due out on January 22.

Meanwhile, it was announced on Tuesday that ‘Melancholia’ has received six Bodil nominations, Denmark's leading film awards. While there is no award for best director, ‘Melancholia’ is on the shortlist for best film along with Kirsten Dunst, John Hurt, Keifer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Charlotte Rampling in the various acting categories. The winners will be revealed on March 3.