Awards season is well underway, with the BAFTA nominations giving audiences and critics some insight into what might get the Oscar nod at this year’s Academy Awards. This year’s crop of contenders at the BAFTAs is led by Netflix, with the streaming service topping the list of distributors for the fourth consecutive time, clocking in with 21 nominations overall.
A bulk of these nominations are for the Edward Berger German-language anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front. Which leads the line with 14 total nods including Best Film, Best Director for Edward Berger and Best Film Not in the English Language. Adapted from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the new WWI movie tells the story of Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer) a young German soldier whose life on the brutal western front is depicted in frank detail.
The film has equalled the record for the highest number of BAFTA nominations for a Film Not In The English Language, earning the most since Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 2001. The nominations haul makes it Netflix’s biggest BAFTA success story since the release of Roma in 2019.
Whilst the WWI film did much of the heavy lifting for Netflix, the platform also earned three nominations for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, which has been an unspoken success of the animation genre. Sucking the colour of Disney’s version without draining the vibrancy, Del Toro’s story is set in an authentic representation of 1930s Fascist Italy, with the filmmaker refusing to shy away from the atrocities of time and place.
Meanwhile, the streaming service also earned one nomination apiece for the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, the Eddie Redmayne-led drama The Good Nurse, Sally El Hosaini’s The Swimmers and The Wonder with Florence Pugh.
Take a look at the trailer for the war drama All Quiet on the Western Front below.