Nothing New triumphs at Bafta, returns to play for the Oscars

All Quiet on the Western Front is back in the Oscars game on March 12 after winning Best Picture today at the Baftas, the British cinema awards that are considered a precursor to the Oscars. Edward Berger’s film about the First World War trenches won seven statuettes, more than any other competing production, from a total of 14 nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Non-English Language Film, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Soundtrack and Sound Effects. Elvis’ Austin Butler and Tar’s Cate Blanchett emerged as the best actors of 2022, according to the British Film and Television Academy Awards jury, announced at the evening at the Royal Festival Hall, moderated by Richard Grant.


Snubbed except for a small award for editing, Everything Everywhere All At Once goes against the taste of Oscar judges, who awarded the film, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (the Daniels), a record 11 nominations in January. The Daniels won the Directors Guild of America award yesterday by putting their hat on at least this statuette: only eight times in DGA’s 75-year history has the winner been snubbed at the Academy Awards. Nothing New comes to the Oscars on March 12 with nine nominations, level with Spirits of the Island, which had ten BAFTA nominations but tied with Elvis in just four categories. Irish director Martin McDonagh’s film won Supporting Actors (Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan), Original Screenplay and Best British Film, although as the British-Irish McDonagh pointed out from the stage, it was a very Irish film acted, “even if the The Little Donkey is from Stoke on Kent and therefore qualified”.

Condon’s win for Best Supporting Actress for The Ghosts of the Isle was ‘lost in translation’ for a few seconds: Bafta’s interpreter didn’t understand the name deaf-mute actor Tony Kotsur had announced in sign language and reported that the winner was Carey Mulligan . Both Kotsur and the translator immediately ran for cover and the statuette was delivered before Mulligan, contestant on docudrama She Said, had time to get out of her chair and go onto the stage. The award for best animated film went to Guillermo Del Toros Pinocchio, who won for best documentary about Navalny with a controversial ending because a key collaborator on the film about the poisoning of Vladimir Putin’s great rival, Bulgarian journalist Christo Grezov, was disinvited for security reasons in the last minute. Prince William and his wife Kate had returned to Bafta for the first time after a two-year absence, she was very elegant in a white Alexander McQueen gown, perhaps from a previous ceremony, and accessorised with sparse Zara earrings. At the suggestion of Blanchett, the UN Goodwill Ambassador, many stars had pinned the blue pin from UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign to their dresses: “I wore it to remember the victims of the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey,” said Paul Mescal, nominated for Aftersun which brought director Charlotte Wells the award for her first film.

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