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Bafta big hitter is German anti-war film as British talent takes back seat

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German anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front has swept nominations at the Baftas as data show that British representation at the awards has fallen.

The adaptation from the 1928 book of the same name by Eric Maria Remarque has earned 14 nominations at this year’s annual awards, a joint-record for a foreign-language film, and the most ever for a Netflix production.

It comes as the share of UK nominations across major categories at the 76th British Academy Film Awards has dropped.

Telegraph analysis shows British entries represented just 20 per cent of the total in the categories of best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress, best director, and best film.

Ten nominations went to the tragic comedy The Banshees of Inisherin – set off the West of Ireland – and starring nominees Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

Krishnendu Majumdar, the Bafta chairman, said this year’s nominations spanned “blockbusters to independent debuts” and the selection “offers a uniquely British perspective on this year’s best films from around the world”.

Despite its relatively obscure cast and director, All Quiet on the Western Front has seen off competition from established figures like Stephen Spielberg in key categories this year, and could become one of the most successful ever films at the Baftas if nominations translate into awards.

The film follows the fortunes of Paul Bäumer, a young German soldier who enlists to fight in the First World War, before becoming disillusioned by the brutality and privations of the conflict. It stands to win best film, best director, and best supporting actor categories, among others.

Alongside it, the American science fiction work Everything Everywhere All At Once, received 10 nominations, the biopic Elvis nine, and classical music

German anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front has swept nominations at the Baftas as data show that British representation at the awards has fallen. Telegraph analysis shows British entries represented just 20 per cent of the total in the categories of best actor, best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress, best director, and best film. It stands to win best film, best director, and best supporting actor categories, among others.

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