Danish drama wins foreign language Oscar

Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:51pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "In a Better World," a Danish drama depicting the effects of violence among generations and nations, won the Academy Award for foreign-language picture on Sunday.

It marked the third time that a film from Denmark has taken the prize, following "Babette's Feast" in 1988 and "Pelle the Conquerer" in 1989. Its director, Susanne Bier, was previously nominated in 2007 for "After the Wedding."

The film, considered an Oscar front-runner, revolves around a grieving youngster who lashes out at a schoolyard bully and an adult thug with disastrous consequences. In a parallel storyline, a pal's father must confront a warlord who has been terrorizing African villagers helped by his medical charity.

The other contenders were Mexico's "Biutiful," Greece's "Dogtooth," Canada's "Incendies," and Algeria's "Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)."

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Sandra Maler)

<p>Director Susanne Bier accepts the Oscar for best foreign film for the Danish film "In A Better World" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>