The history of Amanda
Amanda, the Norwegian film and television award, was established in 1985,
and since 2005 it has been a film award only. For the first twenty years,
the award ceremony was – with the exception of the Nordic Amanda in 1993 – a
co-operation between the Norwegian International Film Festival and the
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. This changed in 2006 when the Amanda
show was produced by Nordisk Film AS and broadcasted on TV2.
The Amanda Award is a figurine designed by the sculptor Kristian Kvakland.
The number of categories and prizes has varied from year to year.
Here you can download an overview of the Amanda Award winners from 1985 to 2006
Who was Amanda?
This lady has a clouded history. One version of
her is sung about in "Amanda from Haugesund" – a woman "
like a brig proud and voluptuous" who men have an eye for. The
description of Amanda in this tune is probably tailored to the story that
the song is built around. The real Amanda was a lone mother during the
1920s. She was a prominent figure in the town life and "reigned over"
people large and small in her part of the city. Among other things, she
allegedly made a living from selling liquor during the days of Prohibition
to sailors of the fishing fleet while they were in port. But the history of
the character remains unclear. Several women, in fact, might hide behind the
lively Amanda figure.
The Amanda figurine
In 1985 the newspaper Haugesunds Avis
announced a competition among Norwegian sculptors to make their version of
Amanda. It was won by Kristian Kvakland from Nesodden. At the same time, the
Norwegian International Film Festival and the Norwegian Broadcasting
Corporation prepared a Norwegian film and television award, and asked the
newspaper to put a miniature version of the sculpture (whose full-size
version today stands in Haugesund) to the festival’s disposal. Amanda was
definitely a great name for Norway’s version of the Oscar. Moreover, the
name is international.
Such was the birth of the Amanda Award. This year, it is presented for the
twenty-second time. The Amanda figurine weighs 2.5 kg (the first one in 1985
weighed in at 4.5 kg, however, and to be able to lift it in the air, the
girls had to get assistance from Roger Moore). The figurine has a height of
30 cm and the diameter of her skirt is 14 cm.