All Quiet on the Western Front leads race for BAFTA 2023 awards

The nominees for the 2023 BAFTA awards have been announced. The film All Quiet on the Western Front got a field-leading 14 nominations.

Visceral German-language war drama All Quiet on the Western Front got a field-leading 14 nominations on Thursday for the British Academy Film Awards, with genre-bending comedies The Banshees of Inisherin and Everything Everywhere All At Once each nominated in 10 categories.

All Quiet on the Western Front, an unflinching adaptation of a classic antiwar novel about life and death in the World War I trenches, was a surprise front-runner, up for awards including best film and best director, for Edward Berger. Its tally of nominations is a joint record for a film not in the English language, equaling the 14 for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2001.

Martin McDonagh’s Irish tragicomedy Banshees has nominations including best picture, best director and best actor, for Colin Farrell. Nominations for madcap metaverse adventure Everything Everywhere include nods for co-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — known jointly as “the Daniels” — and a best-actress nomination for Michelle Yeoh.

Baz Lurhmann’s flamboyant musical biopic Elvis is up for nine awards, including best picture.

The BAFTAs are Britain’s equivalent of Hollywood’s Academy Awards. The winners will be announced February 19 during a ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall hosted by actor Richard E. Grant.

The nominations help cement Banshees and Everything Everywhere as awards-season favorites, following momentum-building wins at the Golden Globes and multiple nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The BAFTA best-picture nominees are All Quiet on the Western Front, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All at Once and Todd Field’s symphonic psychodrama Tár.

The 10 nominees for outstanding British film, a separate category, include Charlotte Wells’ 1990s family drama Aftersun, Sam Mendes’ semi-autobiographical Empire of Light and Sophie Hyde’s smart sex comedy Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

Britain’s film academy introduced changes to increase the awards’ diversity in 2020, when no women were nominated as best director for the seventh year running and all 20 nominees in the lead and supporting performer categories were white.

The voting process was rejigged to add a longlist round in the voting before the selection of the final nominees that are voted on by the academy membership of several thousand industry professionals. For the best film prize, academy members choose a 15-film longlist that all members must watch before voting for the winner.

This year there are 11 female directors up for awards across all categories, including documentary and animated films. But just one of the main best-director nominees is female: Gina Prince-Bythewood for The Woman King. The other nominees are Berger, McDonagh, Kwan/Scheinert, Field and Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, for Decision to Leave.

Unlike some awards, including U.K. music prizes the Brits, the BAFTAs have retained separate male and female acting categories, though that is under review.

Leading actress contenders are Michelle Yeoh; Cate Blanchett for Tár: Viola Davis for The Woman King; Danielle Deadwyler for Till; Ana de Armas for Blonde and Emma Thompson for Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

The best-actor category pits Colin Farrell against Austin Butler for Elvis; Brendan Fraser for The Whale; Daryl McCormack for Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, Paul Mescal for Aftersun and Bill Nighy for Living.

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