“All Quiet on the Western Front” sweeps British film awards
By Manuel Sanchez Gomez
London, Feb 19 (EFE).- “All Quiet on the Western Front,” a film in German about World War I, was the big winner here Sunday at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) film awards, taking top honors in seven categories, including best picture.
Nominated in 14 categories, the latest big-screen version of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1928 anti-war novel set a new record for most Baftas for a foreign-language film.
The Netflix production won the Baftas for best film, best film not in English, cinematography, original score, adapted screenplay and best sound, while creator Edward Berger was named best director.
Biopic “Elvis” and dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” each picked up four awards during the gala at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Austin Butler was acclaimed best actor for his portrayal of Elvis Presley and the film also won for best casting, best wardrobe design and best makeup and hair.
“The Banshees of Inisherin” was voted outstanding British film and Martin McDonagh won for best original screenplay, while cast members Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan came away with the awards for best supporting actress and best supporting actor, respectively.
Condon’s triumph was the occasion for a bit of drama, as a sign-language interpreter mistook the announcement from presenter Troy Kotsur, last year’s best supporting actor for “Coda,” who is deaf.
While Kotsur signed Condon’s name, the interpreter named Carey Mulligan as the winner and the “She Said” actress was walking to the stage by the time the error was corrected.
Host Richard E. Grant, whose wife, dialect coach Joan Washington, died in 2021, became emotional while introducing the in memoriam segment, which included mentions of Angela Lansbury, Raquel Welch, Jean-Luc Godard, James Caan, Gina Lollobrigida and Ray Liotta, among others.
Cate Blanchett won best actress for her portrayal of an domineering orchestra conductor in “Tár.”
“Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which had 10 nominations, won only one Bafta, for best editing. EFE