Oscar Directors: Tyldum, Morten–Background, Career, Awards, Filmography

August 23, 2020

Morten Tyldum Career Summary:

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Nationality: Norway



First Film: Buddy, 2003, 36

First Oscar Nomination: Imitation Game, 2014, 47

Other Nominations: No

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Career Output: NA

Career Span: 2003-present

Marriage: wife committed suicide


Retirement: NA

Death: NA


Morten Tyldum (Norwegian: born May 19, 1967) is a Norwegian film director, best known in his native Norway for directing the thriller film Headhunters (2011), based on the novel by Jo Nesbø, and internationally for directing the historical drama The Imitation Game (2014), for which he was nominated for the Best Director Oscar nomination, and the sci fi drama Passengers (2016).

Born in Bergen, Norway. Tyldum was educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York.[1] He originally wanted to be a musician but abandoned the ambition when he entered film school.[2]

He had his feature debut with Buddy in 2003, a film that won great popular and critical acclaim. Previously he had worked in TV, music videos, commercials and short films. He had been named Film Talent of the Year by the newspaper Dagbladet in 1999.

He made the movie Fallen Angels in 2008 and Headhunters (Hodejegerne) in 2011, based on the 2008 novel by same name written by Jo Nesbø. It became the highest-grossing Norwegian film that year.

He made his English language debut with the historical drama The Imitation Game, about the life of mathematician Alan Turing, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The Imitation Game became an international success, and was nominated for eight Oscars at the 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a Best Director nomination for Tyldum him.

He has been attached to the adaptation of the novel Pattern Recognition by William Gibson.

Tyldum lived in Beverly Hills with his wife Janne and their child. They also maintained a house in Norway. After he divorced his wife and she commited suicide, he moved back to Oslo with his son.

Selected filmography

Buddy (2003)
Fallen Angels (2008)
Headhunters (2011)
The Imitation Game (2014)
Passengers (2016)

Counterpart (2017)
Jack Ryan (2018)
Defending Jacob (2020)
Awards and nominations
Year Award Title Result
2002 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival – Special Prize Buddy Won
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival – FIPRESCI Prize Won
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival – Award of Independent Cinema Owners Won
2003 Warsaw International Film Festival – Audience Award Won
Norwegian International Film Festival – Audience Award Won
Norwegian International Film Festival – Most Enjoyable Film Won
Molodist International Film Festival – Best Film Award Nominated
Bratislava International Film Festival – Grand Prix Nominated
Amanda Awards, Norway – Best Nordic Newcomer Nominated
2004 Sofia International Film Festival – Grand Prix Won
Amanda Awards, Norway – Best Film Won
2008 Amanda Awards, Norway – Best Director Fallen Angels Won
2011 Philadelphia Film Festival – Audience Award Headhunters Won
2012 European Film Awards – Audience Award Nominated
Amanda Awards, Norway – Public Choice Award Won
2013 BAFTA Film Award – Best Foreign Film Nominated
2014 Hollywood Film Awards – Best Director The Imitation Game Won
2015 AACTA International Awards – Best Direction Nominated
Directors Guild Awards – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Nominated
Academy Award for Best Director Nominated