It was the second time Kove had been nominated for one of the prestigious Academy Awards, and she won for her direction of a short animated film called "The Danish Poet" ("Den danske dikteren").

The film is about a Danish poet who gets a bad case of writer’s block and travels to Norway to seek inspiration from his idol, the Nobel Prize-winning author Sigrid Undset.

"I want to thank the National Film Board of Canada and all the funders and supporters in Norway for helping us make this film," Kove said in her acceptance speech.

High on her list of those she wanted to thank was the Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, who narrated the film. "It was really amazing of her to participate in this," Kove said.

She also thanked the Academy "for this wonderful award, it's such an honour," and for the Academy's continuing support for the animated short category.

"That really means a lot to us," Kove said.

Kove is originally from Hamar, but recently has been living in Montreal. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 2000 for another short tilm, "My grandmother ironed the king's shirts."

"The Danish Poet" premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last February and has since won several other international prizes. It was produced by Lise Fearnley of the Norwegian company Mikrofilm AS, in cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada.