The epic Netflix series All Quiet On The Western Front leads the Bafta long list

Netflix’s anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front has become one of the early frontrunners for this year’s Baftas after being shortlisted in 15 categories.

Directed by Edward Berger, the film, based on Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel of the same name, made the lists for best film and director.

The Banshees Of Inisherin, the black comedy-drama written and directed by Oscar winner Martin McDonagh and starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, is right behind it with 14 nods.

These include Best Picture, Director, and Leading Actor for Farrell.

Set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland, the film follows Farrell’s character devastated when his friend, played by Gleeson, puts an end to their long-standing friendship.

The quirky sci-fi thriller Everything, Everywhere, and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic are longlisted in 12 categories.

Top Gun: Maverick appears in eight categories, as does Babylon, Tar and Aftersun, which was the big winner at the recent British Independent Film Awards.

The sequel to the hit action Maverick, which stars Tom Cruise reprising his role as American pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell nearly four decades after the original’s release, was recently announced as the best-selling home entertainment movie of 2022, selling over 1 .2 million copies.

The longlists determine which films will advance to the nomination stage of the voting and are not the final shortlists.

The second round of voting, which determines the nominations, is now open to Bafta voting members and closes on Friday, January 13.

Top Gun: Maverick premieres in the UK - London

Tom Cruise (Ian West/PA)

The long list of 24 categories includes best film, cinematography, cast, documentary, foreign language film and more.

Bafta Film Committee Chair Anna Higgs said: “The release of the EE Bafta Film Awards Longlist is a unique moment to appreciate the wide range of exceptional crafts, performances and productions that make the magic of movies a reality.

“Being on the long list is a fantastic achievement among the phenomenal films that came out last year.

“Sharing the list ahead of the nominations will hopefully inspire audiences to watch as many films as possible and join the conversation as excitement builds over the awards.”

The final nominees will be announced via a live stream hosted by actors Hayley Atwell and Toheeb Jimoh on Thursday, January 19 at noon, with the ceremony taking place on February 19.

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