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‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ wins best film at British Academy Film Awards

Felix Kammerer stars as Paul Bäumer in “All Quiet on the Western Front,” the latest cinematic version of Erich Maria Remarque’s landmark novel. (Reiner Bajo/Netflix/TNS)

Netflix’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” made noise at Sunday’s British Academy Film Awards, leading all movies with seven wins, including for best film.

Edward Berger won best director for the anti-war epic, which tied a BAFTA record with 14 nominations. The German-language movie also won best film not in the English language, best adapted screenplay, best original score, best sound and best cinematography.

“You humble us,” Berger said during an acceptance speech at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Adapted from a 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the World War I-set “All Quiet on the Western Front” won best film over the multiverse adventure “Everything Everywhere All at Once”; the musical biopic “Elvis”; the dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” and the psychological drama “Tár.”

Each of those films is nominated for best picture at next month’s Academy Awards.

“Elvis” won four trophies at the BAFTAs, including best actor for Austin Butler. He previously won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Elvis Presley and is up for best actor at the Oscars.

“Banshees” also won four awards Sunday, including best British film. Set on a fictional Irish island, the movie is directed by Martin McDonagh, who was born and raised in London.

“Tár” star Cate Blanchett continued her strong award season by winning the BAFTA for best actress. The honor follows wins at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for Blanchett, who is nominated as well at the Oscars.

Among those in attendance Sunday was Prince William, the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He was joined by his wife, Kate Middleton.


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