All Quiet on the Western Front sweeps 2023 BAFTA Film Awards, Wētā FX wins for Avatar 2

A still from All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front has won the major awards at the BAFTAs. Photo credit: Netflix

All Quiet on the Western Front has dominated the 2023 BAFTA Film Awards.

The German movie won seven awards, including Best Film, Director for Edward Berger, Film Not in an English Language, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, and other technical awards.

At a press conference following his Best Director win, Berger admitted he didn't expect his German anti-war film to do so well.

"What a night, I can't believe it!" he exclaimed. "It's a German movie for Christ's sake, who votes for that?!"

Martin McDonagh's comedy-drama The Banshees of Inisherin also had a good night, winning four prizes: Outstanding British Film, Supporting Actress for Kerry Condon, Supporting Actor for Barry Keoghan, and Original Screenplay for McDonagh.

Austin Butler continued his awards streak by taking home the Best Actor BAFTA for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's biopic Elvis, as did Cate Blanchett for Tár.

In her speech, Blanchett became emotional as she thanked her family for supporting her while she was away making the movie.

Other big winners included Emma Mackey, who was awarded the public-voted Rising Star award, and Elvis, which also picked up wins for Costume Design, Make Up & Hair, and Casting.

The ceremony, hosted by Richard E. Grant, featured performances from Ariana DeBose, Dylan, and a collaboration between Little Simz and Joan Armatrading.

Meanwhile, Blanchett presented costume designer Sandy Powell with the BAFTA Fellowship honour.

The final four categories were broadcast live from the Royal Festival Hall in London for the first time.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • Best Film: All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Outstanding British Film: The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett - Tár
  • Leading Actor: Austin Butler - Elvis
  • Supporting Actress: Kerry Condon - The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Supporting Actor: Barry Keoghan - The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Director: Edward Berger - All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh - The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Adapted Screenplay: Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson, Ian Stokell - All Quiet on the Western Front
  • EE Rising Star: Emma Mackey
  • Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Charlotte Wells - Aftersun
  • Documentary: Navalny
  • Animated Film: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
  • Film Not in the English Language: All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Original Score: Volker Bertelmann - All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Cinematography: James Friend - All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Production Design: Florencia Martin, Anthony Carlino - Babylon
  • Costume Design: Catherine Martin - Elvis
  • Make Up & Hair: Jason Baird, Mark Coulier, Louise Coulston, Shane Thomas - Elvis
  • Editing: Paul Rogers - Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Casting: Nikki Barrett, Denise Chamian - Elvis
  • Sound: Lars Ginzel, Frank Kruse, Viktor Prášil, Markus Stemler - All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Special Visual Effects: Richard Baneham, Daniel Barrett, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon - Avatar: The Way of Water
  • British Short Film: An Irish Goodbye
  • British Short Animation: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
  • Fellowship: Sandy Powell.