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 until 2018. In 2019 the show was broadcasted on VG, and in 2020 Amanda is back on NRK.
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 varying accounts surrounding the enigmatic Amanda. One of them is found in the song “Amanda from Haugesund»: In it she is described as a woman who men adored, 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. Her full name was Amanda Sofie Stangeland, she was born in 1894 and passed away in 1947.
She was a well-known character in the city of Haugesund, rumoured to be «ruling» over both adults and children in her part of the city. She is supposed to have made a living by, 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 mythical personality 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 was preparing the first Norwegian film and television award. The newspaper gave a copy of the sculpture (a full-size version of the statue can be seen 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, with a skirt diameter of 14 centimeters. Today it weighs 2.5 kilos. (In the beginning the statuette weighed nearly 5 kilos. In those years, the actor Roger Moore once became a female recipient´s hero when he rushed out from the side stage to help her, as she buckled under its weight).
The Amanda Committee’s Golden Clapper is made by sculptor Nils Aas.