Felix Kammerer thrilled after All Quiet On The Western Front received 14 BAFTA nominations


All Quiet On The Western Front star Felix Kammerer was thrilled when he discovered the German war film received 14 BAFTA nominations on Thursday. 

With its impressive stack of nods, the critically-acclaimed film equalled a record for the non-English language film holding the most nominations in BAFTA’s history. 

The Austrian actor, who plays German soldier Paul Bäumer, reacted to the amazing news on Instagram.

Exciting: All Quiet On The Western Front star Felix Kammerer was thrilled when he discovered the German war film received 14 BAFTA nominations on Thursday

Felix penned: ‘Thank you BAFTA!!! This is amazing! Congratulations to the best director @eeedwardberger, the most wonderful @lisychristl29a and amazing @h.merker and of course to my partner in crime @albrecht.schuch and the whole fanatastic team of this movie. See you in London.’

The war film now stands in joint first place with Mandarin action adventure Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, which earned the same amount of nominations back in 2001.

Netflix’s All Quiet On The Western Front is a 2022 epic anti-war film based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. 

Incredible: With its impressive stack of nods, the critically-acclaimed film equalled a record for the non-English language film holding the most nominations in BAFTA's history

Incredible: With its impressive stack of nods, the critically-acclaimed film equalled a record for the non-English language film holding the most nominations in BAFTA’s history

Among its 14 nominations, All Quiet On The Western Front received nods for Best Film, casting, costume design, editing and cinematography.

Albrecht Schuch has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor while Edward Berger was recognised for Best Director.

It was also nominated in the Film Not In English Language category, where it is up against the likes of Corsage, Decision To Leave, The Quiet Girl and Argentina, 1985.

Its other nods were for make-up and hair, original score, production design, special visual effects, sound and for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Thrilled: The Austrian actor, who plays German soldier Paul Bäumer, reacted to the amazing news on Instagram

Thrilled: The Austrian actor, who plays German soldier Paul Bäumer, reacted to the amazing news on Instagram

Before his astonishing rise to fame, Felix, 27, grew up in Wien, Austria, and was born to two esteemed opera singers, Hans Peter Kammerer and Angelika Kirchschlager – who are now divorced, on September 19, 1995. 

His mother Angelika, 56, is a mezzo-soprano and has performed in a string of operas across Europe, North America and the Far East and is internationally recognised as one of the most foremost interpreters of Mozart.

She has performed at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House in Pelléas et Mélisande, Sophie’s Choice and Hänsel und Gretel and Octavian, while she has also graced the stage at Wiener Staatsoper opera house in Vienna in Dorabella Cosi fan tutte and Clairon Capriccio.

In 2007, Angelika was awarded the title of Kammersängerin for her outstanding contributions to the Vienna State Opera and just two years later, she became an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music, according to her biography .

The recitalist has also shown off her vocal talents and won numerous awards, including a Grammy, for her recordings with the Sony Masterworks label.

And Angelika shows no signs of slowing down in her incredible career as she is returning to Opernhaus Zürich to perform songs by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, after her success as Mrs. Lovett in Stephan Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

Angelika and her younger sister Lissi were raised by her businessman father Walter Kirchschlager, her mother and grandmother in the Lehen district of Salzburg, Austria, before moving aged 12.

Acclaim: The movie follows the life of German soldier Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), who, after enlisting in the Army with his friends, finds himself confronting the harrowing realities of war, shattering their hopes of becoming heroes

Acclaim: The movie follows the life of German soldier Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), who, after enlisting in the Army with his friends, finds himself confronting the harrowing realities of war, shattering their hopes of becoming heroes

Speaking in 2018, she told Salzburger Nachrichten of her childhood: ‘I was raised to be humble and become an able person. But first and foremost I was raised lovingly here in Salzburg, where everything began.’

Meanwhile, Felix’s father Hans, 57, is best known for his roles in 2007’s Jules Massenet: Manon, 2006’s Moses und Aron (2006), and 1987’s Der Tod des Empedokles oder: Wenn dann der Erde Grün von neuem Euch erglänzt.

The baritone still shows off his talents on stage and is set to star in Werther at Wiener Staatsoper opera house in Vienna in November, followed by an appearance in Die Fledermaus in January.

As a child, Felix travelled all around the world due to his mother’s globetrotting career and visited places including South America, Japan, America and Europe.

Speaking to Austrian website news.at, he said of his childhood: ‘It was a huge gift… You come into contact with many people, learn a lot, see a lot of the world and become well educated.’

Background: There has been plenty of Oscar buzz around him, but who is Felix (pictured on set), the young actor who has blown viewers away with his emotional leading performance in the highly acclaimed war epic All Quiet on the Western Front?

Background: There has been plenty of Oscar buzz around him, but who is Felix (pictured on set), the young actor who has blown viewers away with his emotional leading performance in the highly acclaimed war epic All Quiet on the Western Front?

Following in his parents’ theatrical footsteps, Felix decided to train at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin between 2015 and 2019, before finding employment as a permanent member of the ensemble at the Burgtheater in Vienna, where he still works.

The talented star quickly made a name for himself in theatre and became a member of the Maresa Hörbiger’s Young Ensemble Hörbiger between 2013 and 2015, while he also worked at the Berliner Arbeiter-Theater (BAT) and the Deutsches Theater Berlin during his studies.

After graduating in 2019, he played at the Salzburg Festival at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin before moving on to work at the Burgtheater. He also premiered the Academy Theater in Vienna.

He has received accolades for his roles with his Ö1 radio play Loud Nights being awarded radio play of the month by the German Academy of Performing Arts in September 2020.

This year, his performance in Moskitos at the Akademietheater even earned him a nomination for Best Young Male at the Nestroy Theatre Prize, which honours outstanding achievements at Austrian theatres.

Childhood: Before his astonishing rise to fame, Felix, 27, grew up in Wien, Austria, and was born to two esteemed opera singers, Hans Peter Kammerer and Angelika Kirchschlager (pictured in November 1999), on September 19, 1995

Childhood: Before his astonishing rise to fame, Felix, 27, grew up in Wien, Austria, and was born to two esteemed opera singers, Hans Peter Kammerer and Angelika Kirchschlager (pictured in November 1999), on September 19, 1995

Felix, who is 1.78metres tall, is known to keep his personal life very private and only recently joined Instagram. He is currently believed to be single.

After his success on stage, Felix has turned his talents to the screen with his first ever leading role on Netflix’s All Quiet On The Western Front. However, he has no intention to leave his theatre roots behind him.

He told Austria’s WEB.DE: ‘My dream is that I can do both [film and theatre]. Because I realize I need the theatre, that’s where I come from.’

As a child, he had a small role as Johannes in David im Wunderland in 1998 and last year, he appeared in Dürer, before bagging a role in a single episode of Artour this year. But the war epic marked his first leading movie role in his budding career.

Parents: Speaking to Austrian website news.at, he said of his childhood: 'It was a huge gift… You come into contact with many people, learn a lot, see a lot of the world and become well educated.' He is pictured with his parents in February 2014

Parents: Speaking to Austrian website news.at, he said of his childhood: ‘It was a huge gift… You come into contact with many people, learn a lot, see a lot of the world and become well educated.’ He is pictured with his parents in February 2014

His newcomer status helped him to secure the esteemed role, with director Edward Berger admitting that they wanted to find an actor who wasn’t yet ‘burdened’ or ‘associated’ with any other roles.

‘We held auditions for three months and saw a few hundred young people, but we always came back to Felix, whom we had seen first,’ he told Cineuropa .

‘He is an actor at the Burgtheater in Vienna and we wanted someone who was new, who wasn’t yet burdened by or associated with other roles.

‘That would allow us to portray the innocence of the character in a believable way. Moreover, I especially liked the fact that he has a somewhat old-fashioned face.’

Family: As a child, Felix (pictured with his mother as a child in Le Nozze di Figero) travelled around the world due to his mother Angelika's globetrotting career and visited places including South America, Japan, America and Europe

Family: As a child, Felix (pictured with his mother as a child in Le Nozze di Figero) travelled around the world due to his mother Angelika’s globetrotting career and visited places including South America, Japan, America and Europe

Stage star: Meanwhile, Felix's father Hans, 57, is best known for his roles in 2007's Jules Massenet: Manon, 2006's Moses und Aron (2006). He is pictured left with Mattheus Sinko in a dress rehearsal for opera Pollicino in April 2013

Stage star: Meanwhile, Felix’s father Hans, 57, is best known for his roles in 2007’s Jules Massenet: Manon, 2006’s Moses und Aron (2006). He is pictured left with Mattheus Sinko in a dress rehearsal for opera Pollicino in April 2013

Speaking about how he found out about the role of Paul, Felix said he was working with dramaturge Sabrina Zwach at the Burgtheater when he found out her husband Malte Grunert was a producer on All Quiet On The Western Front.

In an interview with Germany’s WEB.DE , Felix said it was because of Sabrina that her husband travelled to Vienna to watch him rehearse and perform, leading to him being offered an audition for the leading role in the war epic.

After being offered the opportunity at a premiere, Felix said he suddenly got a call from casting director Simone Bär a few weeks later and quickly had three auditions via video and another three live auditions in Berlin.

Describing the moment he found out he got the part, he said he was having a picnic in the park with his friends when he suddenly got a call from Malte and director Edward, who simply said ‘see you in Prague’ to confirm he had been offered the role.

Theatre: Following in his parents' footsteps, Felix decided to train at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin between 2015 and 2019, before finding employment as a member of the ensemble at the Burgtheater in Vienna

Theatre: Following in his parents’ footsteps, Felix decided to train at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin between 2015 and 2019, before finding employment as a member of the ensemble at the Burgtheater in Vienna

Felix was quick to throw himself into his first leading movie role and said he found the adjustment of shooting individual scenes in a non-linear timeline, rather than filming chronology in theatre, difficult to adjust to, but quickly found his feet.

He did not shy away from heavily preparing for his leading role as soldier Paul, admitting he uniquely wrote a character story using an Excel spreadsheet and did a lot of physical preparation before the gruelling 46-day filming.

‘I’m a logical guy, pretty rational, and then I thought, ‘why don’t I just go all in?’, I found a way to basically write a character story, using an Excel spreadsheet,’ he explained.

He dedicatedly gave each scene different categories and numbers so he knew what scenes he was shooting when as he described his intricate system.

Screen: After making a name for himself in theatre, Felix turned to film and starred as the lead in All Quiet On The Western Front alongside Daniel Brühl (pictured)

Screen: After making a name for himself in theatre, Felix turned to film and starred as the lead in All Quiet On The Western Front alongside Daniel Brühl (pictured)

As he is Austrian, Felix also took language training with Simone Dietrich to perfect the dialect of the main character, who is from Osnabrück, North Rhine Westphalia, in Germany.

Felix also underwent an intense physical transformation to undertake the part and walked 10km three times a week for four months with a 10kg weight vest attached to him to build up his muscular physique.

‘Without that, I would have made it through the first week, then it would have been over,’ he told WEB.DE of the intensities of the part as the solder on the Western Front.

Leading star: Felix's newcomer status helped him to secure the esteemed role, with director Edward Berger admitting that they wanted to find an actor who wasn't yet 'burdened' or 'associated' with any other roles

Leading star: Felix’s newcomer status helped him to secure the esteemed role, with director Edward Berger admitting that they wanted to find an actor who wasn’t yet ‘burdened’ or ‘associated’ with any other roles

He was also trained in the use of weapons and read an online archive with more than 2,000 letters from First World War soldiers to get a sense of what they shared and didn’t share of their harrowing experiences on the frontlines.

Felix admitted he became very emotional reading the censored letters from soldiers to their loved ones and diving into the atrocities of World War One, saying he leant on his friends for support at the time.

After his intense preparation, shooting then took place over 46 days and saw the cast filming in the mud and cold as they replicated the gruelling conditions of the Western Front.

He said their costumes and equipment weighed a staggering 45kg and they would have to run for around 12-14 hours each day with the heavy weight attached to them, with only a few minutes to rest each day.

Preparations: Felix also underwent an intense physical transformation to undertake the role and walked 10km three times a week for four months with a 10kg weight vest attached to him to build up his muscular physique

Preparations: Felix also underwent an intense physical transformation to undertake the role and walked 10km three times a week for four months with a 10kg weight vest attached to him to build up his muscular physique

During shooting, Felix said he quickly bonded with his co-stars and they formed close friendships amid filming in Prague during the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw them all live in the same house due to restrictions at the time.

And his preparation clearly paid off as All Quiet on the Western Front already has awards season buzz surrounding it, and is being considered a Oscar candidate for the 2023 Academy Awards after being put forward as Germany’s international submission.

Critics and viewers alike have already raved over Felix’s heart-wrenching leading performance in the poignant film, which has been dubbed ‘one of the greatest war movies ever made’, as the actor has proved his talent on screen as well as on stage.

BAFTA FILM AWARDS 2023: THE NOMINATIONS

BEST FILM 

Acclaim:  Netflix anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front

Acclaim:  Netflix anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front

All Quiet On The Western Front 

The Banshees of Inisherin 

Elvis 

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Tar 

BEST ACTRESS

First nomination: Ana de Armas is up for Leading Actress

First nomination: Ana de Armas is up for Leading Actress

Cate Blanchett (Tar)

Viola Davis (The Woman King) 

Danielle Deadwyler (Till) 

Ana de Armas (Blonde) 

Emma Thompson (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) 

Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once 

BEST ACTOR 

In the running: Austin Butler is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Elvis

In the running: Austin Butler is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Elvis 

 Austin Butler (Elvis) 

Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) 

Brendan Fraser (The Whale) 

Daryl McCormack (Good Luck To You, Leo Grande) 

Paul Mescal (Aftersun) 

Bill Nighy (Living)  

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM 

Aftersun

The Banshees 

Brian and Charles

Empire of Light 

Good Luck to You Leo Grande

Living 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda

See How They Run

The Swimmers

The Wonder 

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 

 Aftersun (Charlotte Wells) 

Blue Jean (Georgia Oakley, Helene Sifre) 

Electric Malady (Marie Liden) 

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (Katy Brand) 

Rebellion (Maia Kenworthy) 

FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

 All Quiet On The Western Front

Argentina, 1985

Corsage 

Decision To Leave

The Quiet Girl 

DOCUMENTARY 

 All The Breathes

All The Beauty And The Bloodshed 

Fire Of Love

Moonage Daydream 

Navalny  

ANIMATED FILM  

Pinocchio 

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On 

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red

DIRECTOR 

Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Qua in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Qua in Everything Everywhere All At Once

All Quiet On The Western Front, Edward Berger

The Banshees of Inisherin Martin McDonagh

Decision To Leave, Park Chan-wook 

Everything Everywhere All At Once, Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Tar, Todd Field

The Woman King, Gina Prince-Bythewood  

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Banshees of Inisherin 

Everything Everywhere All At Once 

The Fabelmans 

Tar 

Triangle of Sadness  

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

All Quiet On The Western Front

Living 

The Quiet Girl

She Said 

The Whale 

SOUND

All Quiet On The Western Front

Avatar: The Way Of Water

Elvis 

Tar 

Top Gun: Maverick  

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION 

 The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

Middle Watch

Your Mountain Is Waiting  

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 Angela Bassett (Wakanda Forever)

Hong Chau (The Whale) 

Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin)

Dolly De Leon (Triangle of Sadness)

Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All At Once) 

Carey Mulligan (She Said) 

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Shortlisted: Eddie Redmayne is up for Supporting Actor in The Good Nurse

Shortlisted: Eddie Redmayne is up for Supporting Actor in The Good Nurse

Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees Of Inisherin)

Barry Keoghan (The Banshees Of Inisherin) 

Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once) 

Eddie Redmayne (The Good Nurse) 

Albrecht Schuch (All Quiet On The Western Front) 

Micheal Ward (Empire Of Light) 

CASTING 

Triangle of Sadness got a nod in the Casting category

Triangle of Sadness got a nod in the Casting category 

Aftersun 

All Quiet On The Western Front

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Triangle Of Sadness  

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

 All Quiet On The Western Front 

The Batman 

Elvis 

Empire Of Light

Top Gun: Maverick  

COSTUME DESIGN 

Costume Design: Margot Robbie in Babylon

Costume Design: Margot Robbie in Babylon

All Quiet On The Western Front 

Amsterdam 

Babylon 

Elvis 

Mrs Harris Goes To Paris  

EDITING 

Sequel: Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Sequel: Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick 

 All Quiet On The Western Front 

The Banshees Of Inisherin

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All At Once 

Top Gun: Maverick  

MAKE UP & HAIR 

All Quiet On The Western Front 

The Batman 

Elvis 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical 

The Whale 

ORIGINAL SCORE 

All Quiet On The Western Front 

Babylon 

The Banshees of Inisherin 

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Pinocchio  

PRODUCTION DESIGN

All Quiet On The Western Front

Babylon 

The Batman 

Elvis 

Pinocchio 

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS 

Avatar: The Way Of Water is up for Special Visual Effects

Avatar: The Way Of Water is up for Special Visual Effects 

All Quiet On The Western Front

Avatar: The Way Of Water

The Batman 

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Top Gun: Maverick 

BRITISH SHORT FILM 

The Ballad Of Olive Morris 

Bazigaga

Bus Girl 

A Drifting Up

An Irish Goodbye  

EE RISING STAR  

Happy: Nominees Sheila, Naomi and Daryl

Happy: Nominees Sheila, Naomi and Daryl 

Emma Mackey (Sex Education) 

Naomie Ackie (Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody) 

Sheila Atim (The Woman King) 

Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education) 

Daryl McCormack (Good Luck To You)  

  

 



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