The UK received four awards at last night’s Oscars, indicating modest success. James Friend won the cinematography award for his work on the First World War film, All Quiet On The Western Front.
This win follows his similar success at the Baftas, where he beat his fellow countryman Sir Roger Deakins, who was nominated for the romantic drama Empire Of Light.
In the category of best short film, An Irish Goodbye won the award. Shot entirely on location in Northern Ireland, this black comedy tells the story of two estranged brothers coming to terms with the death of their mother.
The film also won the short film category at this year’s Baftas.
The UK-US co-production, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse, based on Charlie Mackesy’s novel of the same name, won the award for best animated short film.
This film had its premiere on BBC One on Christmas Eve last year and attracted a UK TV audience of 7.3 million, making it one of the most watched programmes at Christmas.
The award for best sound went to the team that worked on the blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which included British talent Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor.
The UK’s tally of four Oscars is the lowest since 2017, when the country won just a single award for Gary Oldman’s role as Churchill in Darkest Hour.
However, the UK won six Oscars last year. The highest total so far this century was in 2009, when the UK won nine Oscars, including six for Slumdog Millionaire.
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