Oscars: The Hidden Craft of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’
It’s impressive that Berger was able to achieve an Oscar win despite his relative anonymity in Hollywood, especially compared to more established studio directors like Lee and Cuarón. Berger’s background in television, including work on German procedurals and acclaimed dramas like “Deutschland 83” and “Patrick Melrose,” likely contributed to his success in crafting a compelling and visually stunning film.
Despite a slow start to awards season, “All Quiet on the Western Front” was able to gain momentum through strong reviews and a robust marketing push by Netflix. The film’s success was bolstered by a record-breaking 14 BAFTA nominations, with seven wins, including Best Film and Best Director, which likely helped generate buzz for its nine Oscar nods.
Overall, Berger’s achievement with “All Quiet on the Western Front” is a testament to his talent as a director and his ability to craft a powerful and affecting film, even without the benefit of a high profile in Hollywood.
The success of “All Quiet on the Western Front” can be attributed in large part to the film’s talented crew behind the scenes. The numerous craft nominations the film received, including Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Music, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design, are a testament to the skill and dedication of the team.
Producer Malte Grunert expressed his pride in the recognition the crew received, noting that there were many talented people who gave their best to make the film a success. He emphasized the importance of recognizing the contributions of all the heads of departments and crafts in the filmmaking process, as their hard work and expertise were crucial to the film’s success.
Overall, the recognition of the film’s craft nominations is a testament to the peer recognition from within the Academy and the industry’s acknowledgement of the film’s excellence in technical and creative aspects.