‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Named Best Picture at BAFTA Awards

Acting awards go to Austin Butler for “Elvis,” Cate Blanchett for “Tár” and Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan for “The Banshees of Inisherin”

All Quiet on the Western Front
"All Quiet on the Western Front" (Netflix)

Edward Berger’s harrowing German-language war film “All Quiet on the Western Front” has been named the best film of 2022 by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which presented its annual EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday evening in London.

The film was a commanding winner at the BAFTAS, winning seven awards overall, including Best Director for Berger and Best Film Not in the English Language, as well as honors for its adapted screenplay, cinematography, sound and Volker Bertelmann’s score. Martin McDonagh’s black comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” and Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” each received four.

“All Quiet” was the first film not in English to win at BAFTA since “Roma” in 2019. Before that, no non-English film had won since “Jean de Florette” in 1987. In the early years of the award, films not in English won the top prize fairly regularly, with winners including “Bicycle Thieves,” “La Ronde,” “Forbidden Games” and “The Wages of Fear.”

For much of the show, the BAFTAs appeared to be a showdown between “All Quiet” and “The Banshees of Inisherin,” which was named Best British Film and also won awards for its screenplay and two of its supporting performers, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan.

In the lead acting categories, Austin Butler won for “Elvis” in a category that included his four fellow Oscar nominees: Brendan Fraser for “The Whale,” Colin Farrell for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Paul Mescal for “Aftersun” and Bill Nighy for “Living.” Cate Blanchett, who is on a nearly unparalleled winning streak this season, won the Best Actress award for “Tár.”

In other below-the-line categories, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” won for editing, “Babylon” for production design, “Elvis” for casting, costumes and makeup and “Avatar: The Way of Water” for visual effects.

The results were a blow to “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which had won at the Directors Guild Awards on Saturday night but could only secure the single BAFTA win for editing.

“Aftersun” director Charlotte Wells, who won the Directors Guild Award for a first-time filmmaker on Saturday, followed with BAFTA honors in the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer category.

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” continued its sweep of awards shows by winning the award for animated feature. “Navalny” won for documentary feature.

In the British short-film categories, the winners were “An Irish Goodbye” for live-action and “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” for animated. In each of those categories, the winner was the one film also nominated for a short-film Oscar.

The EE Rising Star Award, which is voted on by the public, went to Emma Mackey over Aimee Lou Wood, Daryl McCormack, Naomi Ackie and Sheila Atim.

Going into the show, “All Quiet” led all films in nominations with 14, followed by “Banshees” and “Everything Everywhere” with 10 each. The same three films also had the most Academy Award nominations, though in the case of the Oscars, “Everything Everywhere” led with 11, followed by “All Quiet” and “Banshees” with nine.  

Overall, BAFTA hasn’t been a particularly strong Oscar predictor in the Best Picture category. Over the first 75 years of the British Academy’s existence, its winner has matched the Oscar winner a little more than a third of the time; if you stick to 2001 and after, the years in which the BAFTAs took place before the Oscars rather than after them, the record improves with nine matches in 22 years. Most of those, though, happened in a six-year streak between 2009 (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and 2014 (“12 Years a Slave”). In the eight years since then, the two groups have only matched once, with “Nomadland.”  

If you compare all the categories that BAFTA and the Oscars have in common, though, the similarities are stronger. Last year, for instance, the two groups had the same winner in 15 of their 19 shared categories, with the areas where they didn’t agree including Best Film, Leading Actress and Original Screenplay.

In almost all of those categories, Sunday’s winner is also an Oscar nominee. The one exception is Best Director, where Berger was not included in the Academy’s final five.

Actor Richard E. Grant hosted the ceremony, which was moved from its usual home at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time since 2016.

Here is the full list of BAFTA nominees. Winners are indicated with *WINNER.

All Quiet on the Western Front,” Malte Grunert *WINNER
“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
“Elvis,” Gail Berman, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Patrick McCormick, Schuyler Weiss
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Jonathan Wang
“Tár,” Todd Field, Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan

“Aftersun,” Charlotte Wells, Producer(s) TBC
“The Banshees of Inisherin” Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin *WINNER
“Brian and Charles,” Jim Archer, Rupert Majendie, David Earl, Chris Hayward
“Empire of Light,” Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris
“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” Sophie Hyde, Debbie Gray, Adrian Politowski, Katy Brand
“Living,” Oliver Hermanus, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Kazuo Ishiguro
“Roald Dalh’s Matilda the Musical,” Matthew Warchus, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn, Luke Kelly, Dennis Kelly
“See How They Run,” Tom George, Gina Carter, Damian Jones, Mark Chappell
“The Swimmers,” Sally El Hosaini, Producer(s) TBC, Jack Thorne
“The Wonder,” Sebastián Lelio, Ed Guiney, Juliette Howell, Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross, Alice Birch, Emma Donoghue

“Aftersun,”  Charlotte Wells (Writer/Director) *WINNER
“Blue Jean,” Georgia Oakley (Writer/Director), Hélène Sifre (Producer)
“Electric Malady,” Marie Lidén (Director)
“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” Katy Brand (Writer)
“Rebellion,” Maia Kenworthy (Director)

All Quiet on the Western Front” Edward Berger, Malte Grunert *WINNER
“Argentina, 1985,” Santiago Mitre, Producer(s) TBC
“Corsage,” Marie Kreutzer
“Decision to Leave,” Park Chan-wook, Ko Dae-seok
“The Quiet Girl,” Colm Bairéad, Cleona Ní Chrualaoí

“All That Breathes,” Shaunak Sen, Teddy Leifer, Aman Mann
“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” Laura Poitras, Howard Gertler, Nan Goldin, Yoni Golijov, John Lyons
“Fire of Love,” Sara Dosa, Shane Boris, Ina Fichman
“Moonage Daydream,” Brett Morgan
“Navalny,” Daniel Roher, Diane Becker, Shane Boris, Melanie Miller, Odessa Rae *WINNER

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar, Alex Bulkley
“Marcel the Shell With Shoes On,” Dean Fleisher Camp, Andrew Goldman, Elisabeth Holm, Caroline Kaplan, Paul Mezey
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” Joel Crawford, Mark Swift
“Turning Red,” Domee Shi, Lindsey Collins

“All Quiet on the Western Front,”  Edward Berger *WINNER
“The Banshees of Inisherin,”  Martin McDonagh
“Decision to Leave,” Park Chan-wook
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
“Tár,” Todd Field
“The Woman King,” Gina Prince-Bythewood

“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Martin McDonagh *WINNER
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
“The Fabelmans,” Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg
“Tár.” Todd Field
“Triangle of Sadness,” Ruben Östlund

All Quiet on the Western Front,” Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson, Ian Stokell *WINNER
“Living,” Kazuo Ishiguro
“The Quiet Girl,” Colm Bairéad
“She Said,” Rebecca Lenkiewicz
“The Whale,” Samuel D. Hunter

Cate Blanchett, “Tár” *WINNER
Viola Davis, “The Woman King”
Danielle Deadwyler, “Till”
Ana de Armas, “Blonde”
Emma Thompson, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”
Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Austin Butler, “Elvis” *WINNER
Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”
Daryl McCormack, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”
Paul Mescal, “Aftersun”
Bill Nighy, “Living”

Angela Bassett, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Hong Chau, “The Whale”
Kerry Condon, “The Banshees of Inisherin” *WINNER
Dolly De Leon, “Triangle of Sadness”
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Carey Mulligan, “She Said”

Brendan Gleeson, “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Barry Keoghan, “The Banshees of Inisherin” *WINNER
Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Good Nurse”
Albrecht Schuch, “All Quiet on the Western Front”
Micheal Ward, “Empire of Light”

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Volker Bertelmann *WINNER
“Babylon,” Justin Hurwitz
“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Carter Burwell
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Son Lux
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” Alexandre Desplat

“Aftersun,” Lucy Pardee
“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Simone Bär
“Elvis,” Nikki Barrett, Denise Chamian *WINNER
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Sarah Halley Finn
“Triangle of Sadness,” Pauline Hansson

All Quiet on the Western Front,” James Friend *WINNER
“The Batman,” Greig Fraser
“Elvis,” Mandy Walker
“Empire of Light,” Roger Deakins
“Top Gun: Maverick,” Claudio Miranda

“All Quiet on the Western Front.” Sven Budelmann
“The Banshees of Inisherin,” Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
“Elvis,” Jonathan Redmond, Matt Villa
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Paul Rogers *WINNER
“Top Gun: Maverick,” Eddie Hamilton

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Christian M. Goldbreck, Ernestine Hipper
“Babylon,” Florencia Martin, Anthony Carlino *WINNER
“The Batman,” James Chinlund, Lee Sandales
“Elvis,” Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Bev Dunn
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” Curt Enderle, Guy Davis

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Lisy Christl
“Amsterdam,” J.R. Hawbaker, Albert Wolsky
“Babylon,” Mary Zophres
“Elvis,” Catherine Martin *WINNER
“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” Jenny Beavan

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Heike Merker
“The Batman,” Naomi Donne, Mike Marino, Zoe Tahir
“Elvis,” Jason Baird, Mark Coulier, Louise Coulston, Shane Thomas *WINNER
“Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” Naomi Donne, Barrie Gower, Sharon Martin
“The Whale,” Anne Marie Bradley, Judy Chin, Adrien Morot

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Lars Ginzsel, Frank Kruse, Viktor Prásil, Markus Stemler *WINNER
“Avatar: The Way of Water,” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Julian Howarth, Gary Summers, Gwendoyln Yates Whittle
“Elvis,” Michael Keller, David Lee, Andy Nelson, Wayne Pashley
“Tár,” Deb Adair, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley, Steve Single, Roland Winke 
“Top Gun: Maverick,” Chris Burdon, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Mark Taylor, Mark Weingarten

“All Quiet on the Western Front” Markus Frank, Kamil Jafar, Viktor Müller, Frank Petzoid
“Avatar: The Way of Water,” Richard Baneham, Daniel Barrett, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon *WINNER
“The Batman,” Russell Earl, Dan Lemmon, Anders Langlands, Dominic Tuohy
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” Benjamin Brewer, Ethan Feldbau, Jonathan Kombrinck, Zak Stoltz
“Top Gun: Maverick,” Seth Hill, Scott R. Fisher, Bryan Litson, Ryan Tudhope

“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy, Cara Speller, Hannah Minghella *WINNER
“Middle Watch,” John Stevenson, Aiesha Penwarden, Giles Healy
“Your Mountain is Waiting,” Hannah Jacobs, Zoe Muslim, Harriet Gillian

“The Ballad of Olive Morris,” Alex Kayode-Kay
“Bazigaga,” Jo Ingabire Moys, Stephanie Charmail
“Bus Girl,” Jessica Henwick, Louise Palmkvist Hansen
“A Drifting Up,” Jacob Lee
“An Irish Goodbye,” Tom Berkeley, Ross White *WINNER

Aimee Lou Wood
Daryl McCormack
Emma Mackey *WINNER
Naomi Ackie
Sheila Atim