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James Friend BSC ASC wins Best Cinematography BAFTA for All Quiet On The Western Front

Feb 20, 2023

The winners of the 2023 EE BAFTA Film Awards were announced in a ceremony hosted by Richard E. Grant and Alison Hammond at The Royal Festival Hall and broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer. The EE BAFTAs celebrate the very best in film of the past year.

Best Cinematography award went to James Friend BSC ASC for Netflix film All Quiet On The Western Front.

All Quiet On The Western Front became the most celebrated foreign language film in the organisation’s history with a total of seven BAFTAs: Best Film; Director for Edward Berger; Film Not in the English Language; Adapted Screenplay; Cinematography; Original Score and Sound.

All Quiet On The Western Front

The movie now has the highest number of BAFTAS for a foreign language film, a record previously held by the Italian coming-of-age drama Cinema Paradiso, which claimed five in 1988, including Best Cinematography for Blasco Giurato AIC.

In his acceptance speech, cinematographer Friend said that the film’s message – that young people can be “poisoned by right-wing nationalistic propaganda” and that “war is more than an adventure” – is as relevant now as it was more than a century ago when the book of the same name was published.

A making-of documentary called Making All Quiet on the Western Front was released on Netflix globally on February 20, 2023.

He shared a big thank you to Felix Kammerer, the Austrian actor who made his film debut in the war drama. The movie’s German director, Edward Berger, also paid tribute to those fighting in Ukraine, stressing that the film’s message remains relevant nearly a century on.

The Banshees Of Inisherin won four BAFTAs: Outstanding British Film; Original Screenplay; Supporting Actor for Barry Keoghan and Supporting Actress for Kerry Condon.

Elvis won four BAFTAs: Leading Actor for Austin Butler; Casting; Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.

Leading Actress was won by Cate Blanchett for Tár, Charlotte Wells won Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Aftersun, and Navalny won Documentary.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio won Animated Film.

Everything Everywhere All At Once won Editing; Avatar: The Way Of Water won Special Visual Effects; and Babylon won Production Design.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse won the British Short Animation award; while the BAFTA for British Short Film was won by An Irish Goodbye.

The Banshees Of Inisherin

The BAFTA Fellowship was presented to renowned British costume designer Sandy Powell. The Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA in recognition of an individual’s outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games across their career.

The EE Rising Star Award, the only award voted for by the public, went to Emma Mackey.

This marks a first BAFTA win for Edward Berger, Austin Butler, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan. Tonight Cate Blanchett has won her fourth BAFTA. All winners were in attendance and accepted their awards on stage, except for Costume Design which was accepted by director Baz Luhrmann on behalf of Catherine Martin.

The ceremony was opened by a performance by BAFTA award-winner Ariana DeBose. Little Simz was joined on stage by Joan Armatrading for an exclusive surprise performance.

For the full list of winners, visit https://www.bafta.org/film/awards/2023-nominations-winners

BAFTA is a leading arts charity that marks its 76th anniversary this year. Through its Awards, it recognises and celebrates creative excellence in film, games and television. It aims to inspire the next generation of talented people, no matter who they are or where they come from. It also discovers and supports talent with a focus on removing barriers to opportunity through a year-round learning and development programme of events and initiatives, including mentoring and bursaries. Find out more at www.bafta.org/supporting-talent.

Header Image: James Friend accepts the Cinematography Award for All Quiet On The Western Front during the 2023 EE BAFTA Film Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA)

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