The Norwegian Amanda award was established in 1985. In the beginning it was an award for both film and television, but since 2005 it has been a mere film award.
In the first 20 years, the award ceremony – with the exception of Nordic Amanda in 1993 – was a collaboration between The Norwegian Film Festival and NRK (Norwegian Public Broadcasting Corporation).
In 2006, the Amanda award went on to broadcast on TV 2, and the producer for the award ceremony in 2017 is Rubicon.
The Amanda prize is a statuette designed by sculptor Kristian Kvakland and is produced and supplied by Olaussen metal. The number of categories and prices has varied from year to year.
Who was Amanda
There are different stories told about Amanda. One of them is found in the song “Amanda from Haugesund». Here she is described as a woman that men liked a lot, and with an attitude “like a sailing ship – proud and well-formed”. But this description of Amanda is probably made to fit the story the song is being built around more than being historically correct.
The actual Amanda was a single mom in the 1920s. She was a well known person in the city of Haugesund, told to be «ruling» over both adults and children in her part of the city. She is supposed to have made a living of, among other things, selling alcohol to the workers in the fishing fleet during the prohibition period. But the historical details are not very clear. Perhaps more than one woman is hiding behind the historical person of Amanda.
The Amanda statuette
In 1985, Haugesund’s newspaper announced a competition among Norwegian sculptors to make their version of Amanda. Kristian Kvakland from Nesodden won. At the same time, The Norwegian International Film Festival and NRK prepared a Norwegian film and television award. The newspaper gave a copy of the sculpture (a full size version of the statue is placed in Haugesund) to the film festival. Amanda was a very suitable name for Norway’s answer to the Oscar award. The name was connected to the history of Haugesund and is also an international name. The Amanda award was born.
The Amanda statuette is 30 centimeters high, and the skirt diameter is 14 centimeters. Today it weighs 2.5 kilos. (In the beginning the statuette weighed nearly 5 kilos. Luckily the actor Roger Moore was there to help when a female winner nearly lost the heavy award).
The Amanda Committee’s Golden Clapper is made by sculptor Nils Aas.