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LocationTheater Marl, Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia
Presented byGrimme Institut
Formerly calledAdolf-Grimme-Preis

The Grimme-Preis ("Grimme Award"; prior to 2011: Adolf-Grimme-Preis) is one of the most prestigious German television awards.[1] It is named after the first general director of Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, Adolf Grimme.[2] It has been referred to in Kino magazine as the "German TV Oscar".[3]

The awards ceremony takes place annually at Theater Marl in Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia, and is hosted by the Grimme-Institut.[4] Since 1964, it awards productions "that use the specific possibilities of the medium of television in an extraordinary manner and at the same time can serve as examples regarding content and method". The award was endowed by the German Community College association.[4] One of the first award winners was Gerd Oelschlegel [de] in 1964, for his TV movie Sonderurlaub ("Special Leave"), about a failed escape from the German Democratic Republic.[5] Rainer Werner Fassbinder received an honorable mention in 1974 for his film World on a Wire.[6] Since then, German veteran director Dominik Graf has received 10 awards for his various films.[7] Danish director Lars von Trier was awarded a Grimme-Preis in 1996 for his miniseries The Kingdom.[8] Director Christian Petzold has been awarded the prize twice, for his films Wolfsburg and Something to Remind Me. In 2016, the series Deutschland 83 was one of the four recipients in the principal "fiction" category.[9] The TV series Dark became in 2018 the first Netflix series to receive the award.[10]

In addition to the Grimme Award, the Grimme Institute also awards the Grimme Online Award[2] and the German Radio Award (de).[11]

Notable laureates[edit]

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In Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes, a novel in which Hitler awakens in the 21st century and becomes a comedian, the Grimme Prize is awarded to Hitler.[15]


Grimme-Preis 2014 – actors Florian Panzner and Ronald Zehrfeld
  1. ^ Schmid, Thomas (4 May 2016). "Thai co-production wins Germany's Grimme Award". FilmJournal International. Archived from the original on 5 November 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Adolf Grimme short biography Archived 5 January 2013 at Fernsehmuseum Hamburg. Retrieved 28 January 2012 (in German)
  3. ^ Kino. D. Holloway. 2003. p. 21. Retrieved 12 October 2010. Adolf Grimme Prizes (the German TV »Oscar«)
  4. ^ a b "Geschichte – Grimme-Preis" (in German). Grimme-Institut. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Sonderurlaub ¦". (in German). Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Preisträger 1974" (in German). Grimme-Institut. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Dokumentarfilm: Es werde Stadt! 50 Jahre Grimme-Preis in Marl" (in German). Bayerischer Rundfunk. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Preisträger 1996" (in German). Grimme-Institut. Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Preisträger – Grimme-Preis" (in German). Grimme-Institut. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Dark (Netflix)". (in German). Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Statut" (in German). Grimme-Institut. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009.
  12. ^ "Die Trunkenheit der Lyrik". Kultura. 30 January 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2009.
  13. ^ "Grimme-Preis 2012 geht an "Tatortreiniger", "Homevideo" und Tele 5". Der Spiegel (in German). 13 March 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Zwei Grimme-Preise für Bjarne Mädel". Deutschlandfunk Kultur (in German). 31 May 2022. Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  15. ^ Vermes, Timur. Look Who's Back. p. 278.

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