Five Oscar Nominations for Poland in 2015
Poland boasts no less than five nominations for an Academy Award this year. Ida twice is nominated, in the Cinematography category (Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski) and Best Foreign Film category (Paweł Pawlikowski). Our Curse (Tomasz Śliwiński) and Joanna (Aneta Kopacz) are both nominated in the Best Documentary Short category, and so is Maleficent, in the Best Costume Design category (Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard).
Double Glory for Ida
It comes as a minor surprise that Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida, which has been distributed in the cinemas of almost 60 countries and has received more than 30 awards, was nominated in the Best Foreign Film Category, competing against Tangerines by Zaza Urushadze, Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako, Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev, and Wild Tales by Damián Szifrón.
Perhaps more thrilling was Ida's nomination for Best Cinematography, where the film will compete against three big American names: Unbroken, Mr Turner and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Cinematographers Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski had previously received signifcant praise for Ida, including making it on the list of Variety’s Top 10 Cinematographers to Watch.
Two nominations for Polish documentaries
Łukasz Żal, who shot Ida, must possess a magic of his own, since his camera work no doubt contributed to Joanna's nomination for Best Documentary Short. Directed by Aneta Kopacz, Joanna tells the true story of Joanna Sałyga, the author of the blog Chustka (Scarf) who, for two years, described her fight with cancer until her death.
The second Polish film nominated for Best Documentary Short is the work of Tomasz Śliwiński. Our Curse, in its original version Nasza klątwa, also documents the evolution of a disease, in this casecongenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS), also known as Ondine's Curse, in a newborn child.
Another success for Polish design
Polish design has made the headlines more than once in 2014 - for dressing Kim Kardashian's outrageous curves, among other things - and 2015 has now been kicked off in equally high style. Robert Stromberg's Maleficent was nominated for Best Costume Design; its extravagant fashion was created by Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. This will be Biedrzycka-Sheppard's third Oscar nomination, since she has previously been nominated for The Pianist and for Schindler's List.
Sources: own materials, edited by LB