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All Quiet on the Western Front wins best score at Oscars: music and sound winners revealed

The winners of the 2023 Oscars were revealed at the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles last night, with Everything Everywhere All at Once taking home seven statues on the night, including the coveted best picture award.

Below are the winners in the sound and music categories:

Best original song

Naatu Naatu, Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj (RRR) WINNER

Applause, Sofia Carson and Diane Warren (Tell It Like a Woman)

Lift Me Up, Rihanna (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)

Hold My Hand, Lady Gaga (Top Gun: Maverick)

This is a Life, Son Lux (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Best original score

All Quiet on the Western Front WINNER


The Banshees of Inisherin

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans

Best sound

Top Gun: Maverick WINNER

All Quiet on the Western Front

Avatar: The Way of the Water

The Batman


In an in depth interview and podcast, Volker Bertelmann, composer of the Oscar-winning All Quiet on the Western Front score revealed to Headliner that “the director said, ‘I want something from you that you've never done.’ So I decided to work with an instrument from the 1915 time period.

“I remember realising the bass on that instrument is so humongous, when you mic it up properly, it felt like a big war horn. I went with little mics inside of the harmonium to record all the sounds it makes. I sent the first idea to [the director] and the next day, he called me and said, ‘We're sitting here together, and it sounds like Led Zeppelin!’”

Read Bertelmann’s full interview on how he composed the Oscar and BAFTA-winning score, here.

Image credits:

All Quiet On the Western Front: Reiner Bajo (Netflix)