Academy Awards

His birthplace might be in Cologne in Germany, but his passport is Austrian: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (in Austria: Florian Henckel-Donnersmarck), director and screenwriter who got the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for The Lives of Others", political thriller and human drama.

The Austrian connection: Henckel-Donnersmarck's uncle is the abbot of Heiligenkreuz, the abbey, where he retreated to write his script.

What else do I like about the Oscars?
That Martin Scorsese got it finally, even if it was for "Departed" and not for "Godfellas" or "Taxi Driver". And that Ennio Morricone, the great Italian composer, finally got a Honorary Oscar.

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