The German war drama "All Quiet on the Western Front" by director Edward Berger is this year's big winner at the British film awards known as Baftas. The remake of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque won a total of seven awards in London on Sunday, including Best Film and Best Director. The prize for Best Non-English-Language Film also went to Berger and his team. Composer Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka was awarded for his film music.
There were surprises at the traditional award ceremony in the Best Leading Role, where Cate Blanchett ("Tár") and Austin Butler ("Elvis") received the trophies. Michelle Yeoh ("Everything Everywhere All At Once") and Colin Farrell ("The Banshees Of Inisherin") had previously been considered favorites.
Four awards for "Elvis"
The tragicomedy "The Banshees Of Inisherin" received four Baftas. Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan received the golden mask trophy for their performance in supporting roles. The film by Martin McDonagh also won Best Original Screenplay and Outstanding British Film.
The biopic "Elvis" was also awarded a total of four times. In addition to the award for lead actor Butler, the film also received Baftas for casting, costumes and in the category make-up and hair. The crazy fantasy film "Everything Everywhere All At Once", which was nominated in ten categories, only received the award for editing.
The award ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall was moderated by British actor Richard E. Grant. After the Oscars and the Golden Globes, the Bafta Awards are among the most coveted awards in the industry. A hint for the Oscars, which will be awarded three weeks later in Los Angeles, they were rare in recent years.