Friday, January 27, 2023

“Im Westen nichts Neues” shines in BAFTA nominations

LONDON ( Associated Press) – German-language World War I drama “Im Westen Nichts Neues” (“All Quiet at the Front”) received 14 nominations at the British Academy Film Awards on Thursday, while original comedy “The Banshees of Inishrin” and ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ was nominated in 10 categories.

Im Westen Nichts Neues, a full adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic anti-war novel about life and death in the trenches of World War I, was a surprise favorite and went on to compete in the Best Picture and Best Director categories for Eduard Berger. Used to be. With its 14 nominations, it tied the record for the most BAFTAs for a non-English language film, set by “Wo Hu Cang Long” (“The Tiger and the Dragon”) in 2001.

Berger said that the film crew was “speechless and overwhelmed” by so many nominations.

Felix Kammerer, who plays the film’s main character Paul, said the story’s tragic relevance has struck a chord with audiences today.

“We see a lot of responses from people telling us it’s so shocking to see … images from Ukraine, and to see images from this film. And they can barely tell the difference,” he told The Associated Press. . “The horror and brutality is the same as it was 100 years ago.”

One of the favorite non-English language films of this awards season, “Argentina, 1985”, directed by Santiago Mitre, starring Ricardo Darín, won the BAFTA in the category along with “Corsage” (“The Rebel Empress”), “Heojil”. was nominated for. Kiolshim” (“The Decision to Leave”) and “En Kelin Siuin” (known in English as “The Quiet Girl”).

Martin McDonagh’s Irish comedy-drama “Banshees” has received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, the latter going to Colin Farrell. The wacky metaverse adventure “Everything Everywhere” nabbed nominations for co-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, better known as “The Daniels” — and a Best Actress nomination for Michelle Yeoh, who years ago made “Who’s Who?” Cang”. ,

Baz Luhrmann’s quirky biopic and musical “Elvis” has won nine awards, including best film.

The BAFTAs are the British equivalent of the Oscars. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall cultural center in London on 19 February with actor Richard E. Grant as master of ceremonies.

The nominations helped solidify “Banshee” and “Everything Everywhere” as awards season favorites, following a Golden Globe win and multiple Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award nominations.)

The Best Film BAFTA nominees are “Im Westen Nichts Neues”, “The Banshees of Inishrin”, “Elvis”, “Everything Everywhere at Once” and Todd Field’s symphonic psychodrama “Tar”.

Charlotte Wells’ 1990s family drama “Afterson,” Sam Mendes’ semi-autobiographical film “Empire of Light” and Sophie Hyde’s sex comedy are among the 10 Best British Film nominees. “Good luck to you, Big Leo” (“Good luck, Big Leo”) Big Leo”).

As expected, the stop-motion animated film “Guillermo del Toro Pinocchio” (“Pinocchio de Guillermo del Toro”) by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro was nominated. “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”, “Turning Red” (“Red”) and “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”, the latter featuring a voice cast led by Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, rounded out the category for Best Animated Film. Does

The British Academy of Film introduced changes to increase the diversity of the awards in 2020, with no women nominated for Best Direction for the seventh year in a row, and all 20 nominees in the acting categories were white.

The voting process was modified to add a “long list” round of voting before the final nominees are selected to be voted on by Academy members, which include several thousand film professionals. For the Best Picture Award, Academy members choose a shortlist of 15 shortlists that everyone must see before voting for the winner.

This year, 11 women directors are competing for awards across categories including documentary and animated features. But only one filmmaker is competing in the lead directing category: Gina Prince-Bythewood for “The Woman King.” Other nominees are Berger, McDonagh, Kwan/Skinnert, Field, and Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, who is nominated for “Decision to Leave”.

Unlike other awards, including the Music Brits, BAFTA maintains separate acting categories for male and female performers, although this is under review.

The actresses nominated are Yeoh; Cate Blanchett for “Tar”: Viola Davis for “The Woman King”; Danielle Deadweiler for “Till” (“Till – The Crime That Changed Everything”); Emma Thompson for “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” and Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas for “Blonde” (“Rubia”).

In the Best Actor category, Farrell will compete against Austin Butler for “Elvis”; Brendan Fraser for “The Whale” (“The Whale”); Daryl McCormack for “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”, Paul Meskal for “Aftersun” and Bill Nighy for “Living”.

“I love that half of them are Irish, me, Colin and Paul,” said McCormack, who is nominated for her role as a sex worker in “Big Leo”.

It’s been a really good year for Irish talent at the BAFTAs, with Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon receiving nominations for their supporting performances.

McCormack, who made a sensation last year in the television series “Bad Sisters”, is also up for the Rising Star Award alongside Amy Lou Wood, Daryl McCormack, Emma Mackey, Naomi Ackie and Sheila Etim.


Associated Press video reporter Hillary Fox contributed to this report.

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