‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ leads race for BAFTA awards

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LONDON — Visceral German-language struggle drama “All Quiet on the Western Front” obtained a field-leading 14 nominations on Thursday for the British Academy Movie Awards, with genre-bending comedies “The Banshees of Inisherin“ and “Everything Everywhere All at Once” every nominated in 10 classes.

“All Quiet,” an unflinching adaptation of a traditional antiwar novel about life and demise within the World Battle I trenches, was a shock front-runner, up for awards together with finest movie and finest director, for Edward Berger. Its tally of nominations is a joint document for a movie not within the English language, equaling the 14 for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” in 2001.

Berger mentioned the movie’s group was “speechless and overwhelmed” by the raft of nominations.

Martin McDonagh’s Irish tragicomedy “Banshees” has nominations together with finest image, finest director and finest actor, for Colin Farrell. Nominations for madcap metaverse journey “Everything Everywhere” embrace nods for co-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — recognized collectively as “the Daniels” — and a best-actress nomination for Michelle Yeoh.

Baz Lurhmann’s flamboyant musical biopic “Elvis” is up for 9 awards, together with finest image.

The BAFTAs are Britain’s equal of Hollywood’s Academy Awards. The winners shall be introduced Feb. 19 throughout a ceremony at London’s Royal Competition Corridor hosted by actor Richard E. Grant.

The nominations assist cement “Banshees” and “Everything Everywhere” as awards-season favorites, following momentum-building wins on the Golden Globes and a number of nominations for the Display 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 Discipline’s symphonic psychodrama “Tár.”

The ten nominees for excellent British movie, a separate class, embrace Charlotte Wells’ Nineties household drama “Aftersun,” Sam Mendes’ semi-autobiographical “Empire of Light” and Sophie Hyde’s sensible intercourse comedy “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.”

Britain’s movie academy launched adjustments to extend the awards’ range in 2020, when no ladies had been nominated as finest director for the seventh 12 months operating and all 20 nominees within the lead and supporting performer classes had been white.

The voting course of was rejigged so as to add a “longlist” spherical within the voting earlier than the choice of the ultimate nominees which can be voted on by the academy membership of a number of thousand business professionals. For the very best movie prize, academy members select a 15-film longlist that each one members should watch earlier than voting for the winner.

This 12 months there are 11 feminine administrators up for awards throughout all classes, together with documentary and animated movies. However simply one of many predominant best-director nominees is feminine: Gina Prince-Bythewood for “The Woman King.” The opposite nominees are Berger, McDonagh, Kwan/Scheinert, Discipline and Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, for “Decision to Leave.”

Not like some awards, together with U.Okay. music prizes the Brits, the BAFTAs have retained separate female and male performing classes, although that’s beneath assessment.

Main actress contenders are 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.”

One of the best-actor class pits Farrell towards Austin Butler for “Elvis”; Brendan Fraser for “The Whale”; Daryl McCormack for “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” Paul Mescal for “Aftersun” and Invoice Nighy for “Living.”

“I kind of love that half of them are Irish – myself, Colin and Paul,” mentioned McCormack, who’s nominated for his position as a intercourse employee in “Leo Grande.”

It is a sturdy 12 months for Irish expertise on the BAFTAs, with Brendan Gleeson. Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon all getting performing nominations within the supporting performer classes.

McCormack, who made a splash final 12 months in within the TV collection “Bad Sisters,” can also be up for the BAFTA Rising Star award alongside actors Aimee Lou Wooden, Daryl McCormack, Emma Mackey, Naomi Ackie and Sheila Atim.

Related Press video journalist Hilary Fox contributed to this story.

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