Oscars 2015: Studio Babelsberg Celebrates Four Wins for 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Studio Babelsberg films have received a total of 40 Oscar nominations since 2002.
The Grand Budapest Hotel may have missed out to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman in the best picture race at the Oscars, but the film's four Oscars were a cause for celebration at Germany's Studio Babelsberg, which co-produced the Wes Anderson-directed film.
Grand Budapest, which shot almost entirely in Germany using a 350 person crew from Babelsberg, picked up four wins Sunday night. They are for best score for Alexandre Desplat, best production design for Adam Stockhausen, best costume design for Milena Canonero and best make-up for Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier. That makes Budapest the most Oscar-honored film produced in Babelsberg ever, beating out Roman Polanski's The Pianist, which won Academy Awards for best director, best actor for Adrien Brody and best adapted screenplay in 2003.
In total, films produced by the German studio have racked up 40 Oscar nominations and 14 wins since Babelsberg's relaunch in 2002. Award winners include Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (eight nominations and a best supporting actor win for Christoph Waltz), Stephen Daldry's The Reader (five nominations and a best actress win for Kate Winslet) and Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener (four nominations and a best supporting actress win for Rachel Weisz).
“Films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Hunger Games or Stephen Spielberg's St. James Place (which recently wrapped at Babelsberg), show that here in Germany we are able to work at the highest international standard,” said Studio Babelsberg CEO Carl Woebcken. He noted, however, that the German government must continue to make shooting at Babelsberg financially feasible by supporting international shoots with tax incentives and production subsidies.
The Grand Budapest Hotel received backing from Germany's federal tax incentive program, the DFFF, as well production subsidies from several regional German film funds.