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Mads Mikkelsen lends steely star power to Denmark's hunt for Oscar

Published on Feb 26, 2014 6:27 AM
Mads Mikkelsen from the NBC series Hannibal takes part in a panel discussion at the NBC portion of the 2014 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association (TCA) in Pasadena, California, on Jan 19, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Danish drama The Hunt has at least one advantage over its rivals in its bid to win the best foreign-language picture Oscar: the familiar face of Mads Mikkelsen.

Mikkelsen, the 48-year-old star of NBC television thriller Hannibal, is no unknown to Oscar voters. The Danish actor has starred in three Oscar-nominated films over the last decade from the nation of about 5.6 million people.

Mikkelsen's work in Hollywood and his association with the upper echelon of the Danish film industry underscore his ability to maintain a high profile in both the United States (US) and his home country.

But any mention of his global recognition may be greeted with a shrug from the tall Dane known for his steely countenance.

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