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‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Wins Big on the BAFTAs

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In a shock to this yr’s awards season, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” a German-language movie set within the trenches of World War I, was the massive winner on the EE British Academy Film and Television Arts Awards in London on Sunday night.

The Netflix movie was named best picture on the awards, commonly referred to as the BAFTAs. The antiwar film beat 4 higher-profile titles, including “All the pieces In all places All at Once,” the sci-fi adventure starring Michelle Yeoh, and “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy concerning the ending of a friendship on a small island.

“All Quiet” also beat Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” biopic and “Tár,” Todd Field’s drama a couple of conductor accused of sexual harassment.

Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel of the identical title, “All Quiet on the Western Front” won six other awards, including best director for Edward Berger, best adapted screenplay and best film not within the English language.

In the course of the ceremony, Berger seemed overcome by the wins. While accepting the award for best adapted screenplay, he mentioned the movie’s antiwar message and Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

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“There are not any heroes in any war,” he said.

“All Quiet” was expected to do well on the awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars. When the BAFTA nominations were announced last month, it secured 14 nods and tied with Ang Lee’s 2000 motion film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” for the very best variety of nominations for a movie not within the English language.

British critics raved concerning the movie upon its release. Danny Leigh wrote in The Financial Times that Berger “expertly handled” the challenge facing any antiwar film: how one can stop war from looking glamorous. “Here, dawn quagmires lit by dots of orange flame and troops mad-eyed with animal fear register each as high-quality cinema and potent fury,” Leigh said.

Peter Bradshaw said in The Guardian that “All Quiet” was “a strong, eloquent, conscientiously impassioned film.”

American critics were less effusive. Ben Kenigsberg, writing in The Recent York Times, said the film “goals to pummel you with ceaseless brutality.”

The BAFTAs have long been seen as a bellwether for the Oscars, scheduled for March 12, due to an overlap between their voting bodies. “All Quiet” is nominated for nine categories at those awards, including for best film.

Steven Spielberg’s award favorite “The Fabelmans” wasn’t nominated for best movie or best director on the BAFTAs; it received one nomination, for best original screenplay.

Before “All Quiet” swept the most important prizes, this yr’s BAFTAs, held on the Royal Festival Hall in London, had quite a lot of winners, with the foremost acting gongs being shared by three different movies.

Cate Blanchett won best actress for taking part in a conductor in crisis in “Tár.” She beat nominees that included Viola Davis for her performance in “The Woman King,” Danielle Deadwyler for her role as Emmett Till’s mother in “Till,” and Yeoh for “All the pieces In all places All at Once.”

Accepting the prize, a tearful Blanchett thanked her fellow nominees for “breaking the parable that girls’s experience is monolithic.”

Austin Butler won the most effective actor award for his title role in “Elvis.” Butler last month took the identical prize on the Golden Globes and was nominated for best actor on the Oscars.

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” one in all this award season’s most highly touted movies, didn’t leave the BAFTAs empty-handed, taking 4 awards, including best original screenplay, best supporting actor for Barry Keoghan and best supporting actress for Kerry Condon.

The ceremony, hosted by Richard E. Grant, was short on drama, though Carey Mulligan, nominated for “She Said,” was by accident announced as the most effective supporting actress as an alternative of Condon.

The incident occurred when Troy Kotsur, the deaf star of “CODA,” was announcing the category’s winner with an interpreter. The error was edited out of the show’s television broadcast in Britain.

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