The German literary adaptation "Nothing New in the West" has won four Oscars. The film by director Edward Berger was honored as the best international film in Los Angeles on Monday night. There were also prizes for camera, set design and film music. However, the production missed the award for best film, instead "Everything Everywhere All at Once" was awarded.
The science fiction action film by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert tells the story of the operator of a laundromat who fights her way through several parallel universes. The film won a total of seven awards, including best director. Actress Michelle Yeoh won the Oscar for Best Actress.
Actor Brendan Fraser won the Oscar for Best Actor. In Darren Aronofsky's "The Whale," the 54-year-old plays a severely overweight man who wants to reconnect with his teenage daughter.
German Oscar winner writes film history
With its four awards, "Nothing New in the West" has gone down in German film history. The film is only the fourth work from Germany to win the Oscar for best international film - after "The Lives of Others" (2007), "Nowhere in Africa" (2003) and "The Tin Drum" (1980). Director Berger thanked his team and family: "Oh God, that means so much to us."
His film is based on the novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque and tells of the horrors of the First World War. The film was nominated a total of nine times and was the first German work to be nominated in the "Best Film" category.
The film "Everything Everywhere All at Once" started the race with a total of eleven nominations as a favorite and ultimately won, among other things, for best original screenplay. Two other acting awards also went to the film team: Jamie Lee Curtis was honored as best supporting actress, Ke Huy Quan as best supporting actor.
Best Adapted Screenplay award went to Sarah Polley for "Women Talking." Makeup went to The Whale, Visual Effects went to Avatar: The Way of Water, and blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick won Best Sound Art. The Academy Award for Best Costume Design went to Ruth Carter for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Moderated by Jimmy Kimmel
The 95th Academy Awards ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who also alluded to last year's scandal during the evening. "Well we have strict guidelines," Kimmel announced at the beginning of the evening. If someone gets violent this time - they'll get the Oscar for best actor.
Last year, Hollywood star Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock for a gag about his wife and was nevertheless awarded one of the most important prizes, the leading role award for his performance in the drama "King Richard".