The anti-war drama "All Quiet on the Western Front" has won a total of four Oscars – more than any other German film before. In the award for the best international film, the Netflix production of director Edward Berger prevailed at the gala in Hollywood on Sunday evening (local time) against "Argentina, 1985" from Argentina, "Close" from Belgium, "EO" from Poland and "The Silent Girl" from Ireland.
Director Berger thanked his team and his family. "Oh God, this means so much to us," he said on stage.
"All Quiet on the Western Front" was nominated in a total of nine categories, including the first German entry ever in the royal category of best film. In addition to Best International Film, it also won awards for Best Cinematography (James Friend), Best Film Music (Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka) and Best Production Design (Christian M. Goldbeck and Ernestine Hipper).
With the film adaptation of the eponymous anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German entry received the Oscar for Best International Film for the fourth time in history.
So far, the foreign Oscar had been won:
- The film adaptation of the novel "The Tin Drum" by Volker Schlöndorff in 1980,
- the emigrant drama "Nowhere in Africa" by Caroline Link 2003
- and the Stasi drama "Das Leben der Anderen" by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in 2007.
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The big winner at the 95th Academy Awards was "Everything Everywhere All at Once". The film by directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert won a total of seven Oscars, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan) and Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis).
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