4 Oscar wins for Germany's 'All Quiet on the Western Front'
13 Mar 2023, 19:48
DF News Desk
German anti-war movie "All Quiet on the Western Front" won four Oscars at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday night, but missed out on the top Best Picture gong, reported dpa.
The film by director Edward Berger won the Best International Film Oscar, as well as prizes for Best Original Score, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.
However, the critically acclaimed production missed out on the award for Best Film overall, which went to "Everything Everywhere All at Once."
Director Berger thanked his production team after winning the prize for Best International Film.
Addressing lead actor Felix Kammerer, who plays the young soldier through whose eyes the story is told, he said: "This was your first movie, and you carried us on your shoulders as if it was nothing. Without you, none of us would be here."
Berger also thanked the rest of the team, as well as Netflix, which produced the anti-war film, and his wife and children.
"This means so much to us," Berger said.
Volker Bertelmann accepted the Oscar for his musical score, while Christian Goldbeck and Ernestine Hipper won the award for production design and James Friend won for cinematography.
The World War I film received a whopping nine nominations including best picture, which is relatively rare for a foreign language film.
The drama is based on a novel about World War I by Erich Maria Remarque, himself a German veteran of the war.
The book, which has become a classic, tells of the difficulties soldiers face in and out of combat.
The film recently won seven BAFTA awards, the British equivalent of the Oscars, in London.
More than 40 nominees and guests from director Berger's team were at the Los Angeles gala, where the Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, were presented.
Los Angeles holds a particular significance for the war story and its original author. The city became a place of refuge for many exiles during the Nazi era, including Remarque, whose book was banned after Adolf Hitler came to power and destroyed in the 1933 book burning.
The Nazis revoked Remarque's German citizenship in 1938 and he took refugee in first Switzerland and then the United States. He became a US citizen in 1947.