Four out of nine. The German film "Nothing New in the West" achieved this strong result at the 95th Oscars in Hollywood. Never before has a German production received so many nominations - and never before has a German film taken home four Oscars. For the work of director Edward Berger (53), a real dream came true on Monday night.
There was an Oscar for "Best Camera". James Friend, a British cinematographer, was honored here. The "Best Production Design" was also honored with a golden boy. Christian M. Goldbeck (49) and Ernestine Hipper (60) accepted the Oscars on stage. In addition, Volker Bertelmann (57), impressed by his strong competition, received the Oscar for "Best Film Music".
In addition, "Nothing New in the West" was only the fourth German film after "The Tin Drum" (1980), "Nowhere in Africa" (2003) and "The Lives of Others" (2006) to win an Oscar in the category "Best Foreign Language Film". Movie" awarded. In this category, the German production competed with films from Poland, Argentina, Belgium and Ireland.
However, the anti-war film, which is based on the book of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970), failed to assert itself in other top categories. Instead, "Best Tone" went to "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Best Make-up" went to "The Whale". "Avatar: The Way of Water" received the award for "Best Visual Effects" and "Best Adapted Screenplay" went to "The Pronunciation".
In the top category "Best Film" the chances for "Nothing New in the West" were good. However, the Netflix film had to admit defeat against the sci-fi adventure and the night's smash hit "Everything Everywhere All at Once".
All in all it can be said: Germany did more than just properly at this year's Oscars. Every time "Nothing New in the West" was mentioned, the audience in the Dolby Theater cheered. It seemed as if the German filmmakers had made plenty of friends and fans among the crowd of celebrities present. The entire team will certainly remember this evening for a long time. After all, with their historical achievement, they managed to make German film an international topic of conversation again.