Max von Sydow in 2006.
The 82 year old Swedish actor Max von Sydow has been nominated for an Oscar for best male supporting actor in the film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, directed by Stephen Daldry.
The film is built upon the novel with the same name by Jonathan Safran Foers. It tells the story of a boy in New York whose father dies in the nine-eleven attacks. See trailer here.
Max von Sydow will compete with among else Kenneth Branagh who is nominated for his role in My Week with Marilyn. Other nominated are Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Nick Nolte (Warrior) and Christopher Plummer (Beginners).
"It's wonderful to get recognition"
Public broadcaster SVT spoke with Max von Sydow on the phone and he seems quite happy with the nomination.
"It is wonderful while it is in fact the colleagues who decide the nomination, so it's wonderful to get a recognition from the colleagues. I am very happy about this. It has been very stimulating to be a part of this film and to work with Stephen Daldry", says Max von Sydow to SVT. (Stockholm News translation)
The film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is also nominated as best film. It has premier in Sweden in February.
"You must see it then. You should see it because it is a good film; very capturing but also subtle and humouristic", says Max von Sydow.
The Oscar's Gala takes place on 26 February.
Short about Max von Sydow:
Max von Sydow was born in 1929 in Lund south Sweden. He is a Swedish actor with a great repute in both theatre and film. He is mostly known for his roles in the Ingmar Bergman films. He is mostly known outside Sweden for his role as a knight who plays chess with death in "The Seventh Seal". Since 2002 Max von Sydow is a French citizen.