9. “All Quiet on the Western Front”
Oscar nominations: 9
Best picture, best international feature, best cinematography, best makeup and hairstyling, best original score, best production design, best sound, best visual effects, best adapted screenplay.
What it’s about: The latest adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel follows the life of an idealistic young soldier during World War I.
Can it win? History is not on its side.
Despite the movie being praised for its realistic look at war and being true to Remarque’s book, it has an uphill battle to win best picture.
First, outside of the win by “Parasite” in 2020, no non-English language film has ever won best picture. Second, the 1930 version of “All Quiet on the Western Front” is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. It was the first-ever war movie to win the best picture Oscar (which was called outstanding production at the time). Many traditionalist Academy voters will put that into consideration.
But expect this one to take home the Oscar for best international feature.