The International Feature category began with a wide open race. It felt early on that Close was the early frontrunner coming off strong from Cannes and winning the NBR. As the season progressed, EO and Argentina, 1985 began to enter into the conversation. EO won both NY and LA. Argentina, 1985 won the Golden Globes.
But the momentum shifted once again when The Academy announced their shortlisted nominations in several categories. All Quiet on the Western Front was shortlisted for original score, make up and hairstyling, sound and visual effects. These were the early signs that the film had support from the The Academy.
Then the German film became the solid frontrunner when BAFTA announced their nominations. All Quiet on the Western Front was nominated in 13 different categories, including best picture and best supporting actor for Albrecht Schuch.
The the race was officially over once the Oscar nominations were announced. All Quiet on the Western Front was nominated for nine Oscars, including best picture and best adapted screenplay. It then won seven BAFTA Awards including its first win for International Feature, as well as best picture.
SO WHO WILL WIN?
With the shortlisted top 15 films, all voters need to watch every single film in order to vote. With the final five films though, anyone can vote so the film that has the most buzz, exposure and momentum will usually win every single time. This year Germany will undoubtedly be the winner for All Quiet on the Western Front.