See young Alicia Vikander’s very first acting performance

An adorable video of Sweden's Oscar nominee Alicia Vikander lip-syncing to a famous tune by Abba legends Björn and Benny at the young age of eight has emerged in Sweden.

See young Alicia Vikander's very first acting performance
Swedish Oscar nominee Alicia Vikander. Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

Sweden's Hollywood sweetheart could become the Nordic country's first actor to take home an Academy Award in more than four decades at the annual gala on Sunday.

But a forgotten clip of her first televised appearance emerged on Thursday, showing an eight-year-old Vikander demonstrating her acting talent as early as back in 1997.

In the video by broadcaster TV4, she performs on a Swedish talent show where children imitate famous artists by lip-syncing to their most popular hits, competing against each other in front of a jury.

When asked by the host what she wants to be when she grows up, she quickly answers: “Actor”.

And revelling in the spotlight, young Vikander brings to life a song from the musical 'Kristina from Duvemåla' by fellow Swedes Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, about a group of Swedes emigrating to the United States in the 19th century.

It's pretty serious stuff for an eight-year-old, and she is clearly not afraid of tackling the rather serious subject matter of the song, called 'Du måste finnas', ('You Have to Be There'), and is about a woman questioning the existence of God after her child dies.

She totally wins the talent show, by the way. Watch the rest of the video here.

More recently, the Swedish starlet, now 27 years old, has received plenty of attention for her roles in Hollywood movies including 'Anna Karenina', 'Ex Machina' and Julian Assange biopic 'The Fifth Estate'.

On Sunday she could pick up an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for her performance in Scandinavian trans-gender movie 'The Danish Girl'. In the acclaimed film she stars opposite Eddie Redmayne, who is nominated in the best actor category.

Vikander is competing against US actress Rooney Mara, nominated for her role in 'Carol' and well known in Sweden for her depiction of Lisbeth Salander in the American adaptations of the Swedish Millennium series, penned by Stieg Larsson.

Rachel McAdams and Jennifer Jason Leigh have also made the shortlist as well as the UK's Kate Winslet.

The last Swedish actor to win an Oscar was Ingrid Bergman in 1974 for her role in The Orient Express.

The team behind the Swedish movie 'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' has additionally been nominated in the 'Best Makeup and Hairstyling' category. The film, produced in 2013 but released globally last year, saw 51-year-old Robert Gustafsson play retirement home escapee Allan Karlsson.


Sweden picks best-seller adaptation for Oscars

The Swedish Film Institute has revealed that A Man Called Ove by director Hannes Holm will be its nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Sweden picks best-seller adaptation for Oscars
Rolf Lassgård as the title character in A Man Called Ove. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

An adaptation of Swedish author Fredrik Backman's New York Times best-seller, the film stars Rolf Lassgård as a stereotypical Saab-driving, cranky curmudgeon who has his heart unexpectedly opened by a warm new neighbour.

“I have an underdog personality so I chose to lie very low. I was really happy when I found out,” director Holm said at a press conference after the nomination for his film was revealed.

In a press release accompanying the announcement, Sweden’s national film body called the movie “one of the biggest Swedish cinema successes ever”, citing over 1.7 million admissions to see it domestically.

Released in December 2015, by March 2016 A Man Called Ove had already reached third place on the list of most-watched films at Swedish cinemas since records began in 1963.

Despite its major domestic success, claiming an Oscar will be a tough task. A Swedish film has not won in the Best Foreign Language Film category since Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander took the Oscar back in 1983.

Swedish cinema icon Bergman was also behind the country’s only other previous wins in the category, with The Virgin Spring coming out on top in 1960, and Through a Glass Darkly winning in 1961.

A more positive omen can be found in Sweden's more recent success in other categories however. Last year Alicia Vikander won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl – the first Swedish performer to win an Academy Award since Ingrid Bergman in 1974. 

The Academy Awards jury will announce the final five-film shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film prize on January 24th, before the gala itself is held on February 26th.

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