The Favourite named best British film and earns more prizes at BAFTAs
|Toronto Star 11 Feb 2019 at 11:57|
LONDONâTragicomic royal drama The Favourite took Best British Film and a clutch of other trophies Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars but where the audience is studded with British royals as well as the A-list stars who are royalty in Hollywood.
Yorgos Lanthimosâ period drama had 12 nominations going into the night. Star Olivia Colman has already won a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite and was favoured to take the Best Actress prize in London.
Olivia Colman attends the British Academy Film Awards gala dinner at Grosvenor House on Sunday in London, England. She stars in The Favourite.Â Â (Eamonn M. McCormack / GETTY IMAGES)
The 18th-century queenâs distant relative, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge joined Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, TimothĂ©e Chalamet and other film stars for the black-tie ceremony at Royal Albert Hall.
Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley was the gently risquĂ© host.
The Favourite lived up to its title, snapping up the Outstanding British Film Award and prizes for its opulent production design, its larger-than-life hair and makeup, and the supporting actress performance of Rachel Weisz.
Weisz, who plays the queenâs confidante and rival Sarah Churchill, said she âhad the greatest luck in that I played opposite two of the most glorious womenâ: Colman and Emma Stone.
Production design winners Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton dedicated their award to âevery woman and working mother who keeps it together and makes it happen.â The Favourite also took the trophy for Best Original Screenplay.
Other winners included Spike Leeâs BlacKkKlansman for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Bradley Cooper-directed A Star Is Born for music and Alfonso Cuaronâs lush black-and-white Roma for cinematography.
Mahershala Ali was named Best Supporting Actor as a concert pianist touring the 1960s Deep South in Green Book.
The awards, known as BAFTAs, will be scoured for clues to who might triumph at Hollywoodâs Academy Awards on Feb. 24, in whatâs shaping up as an unpredictable awards season.
Colman is up against Glenn Close, who took Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards for The Wife. The other Best Actress nominees are Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, Viola Davis for Widows and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Actor contenders are Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Christian Bale for Vice, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book and Steve Coogan for Stan and Ollie.
Best Picture nominees are The Favourite, Roma, A Star Is Born and two very different movies about racism in America: Green Book and BlacKkKlansman.
British academy voters have all but ignored superhero blockbuster Black Panther, which is up for Best Picture at the Oscars and took top prize at the SAG awards last month. It had a single BAFTA nomination, for visual effects, although one of its stars, Letitia Wright, was named Rising Star, the only category decided through a public vote.