Aksel Hennie is an acclaimed director as well as an actor. He is the recpient of the 2005 Norwegian Academy Award (the Amanda) for best director for his derectorial debut Uno. He was also nominated for best actor for Uno and the film was nominated for best picture.
In 2004 he won the Amanda for best Nordic newcomer for his performance in the Norwegian hit Jonny Vang.
In 2006 along with Film Movement alumns Nicolai Cleve Broch, Trond Espen Seim and Christian Skolmen, Aksel Hennie was voted one of Norway's 25 most sexy men.