Composer Volker Bertelmann gained the Academy Award for finest rating on the 2023 Oscars, for his musical accompaniment to the conflict movie remake All Quiet on the Western Entrance.
Bertelmann’s win marks the second consecutive 12 months that the award has gone to a German composer, following Hans Zimmer’s 2022 win for Dune. Film and TV stars John Cho and Mindy Kaling offered the award, prompting the home orchestra in performing musical illustrations of a few of the feelings from the 5 nominees.
“Thanks to the Academy for this huge recognition,” Bertelmann started his acceptance speech. “When I was working on the film, I was thinking a couple of times of my mom, because she was telling me every now and then — when you want to change humanity and empathy in the world, you have to start by yourself and your own surroundings. Because you learn by that, and you can show actually… how we all can live together. So by working on a film like that, you always are deeply touched.”
Bertelmann then went on to thank his spouse, his children, his collaborators and his fellow nominees, and “last but not least… all of you for this wonderful evening.”
All Quiet on the Western Entrance is nominated for 9 Academy Awards on the 2023 ceremonies, together with finest image, finest visible results and finest tailored screenplay. The win for finest rating was already the movie’s fourth on the night, following earlier victories in the very best worldwide movie, finest cinematography and finest manufacturing design classes.