The Favourite leads the race for British Academy Film Awards

2019-01-09 12:22

London — Wickedly funny royal comedy-drama The Favourite lived up to its name on Wednesday, leading the race for the British Academy Film Awards.

Yorgos Lanthimos' film received 12 nominations for the UK equivalent of the Oscars, including best film, best director and best actress, for Olivia Colman. Colman won a Golden Globe on Sunday for her performance as Britain's 18th-century Queen Anne.

Colman's co-stars, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, received supporting-actress nominations as the two women competing for the monarch's patronage.


Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, lunar drama First Man, autobiographical Mexican story Roma and musical melodrama A Star Is Born each received seven nominations for the prizes, considered an indicator of likely success at Hollywood's Academy Awards in what's shaping up to be an unpredictable awards season.

Best-picture nominees for the British awards, known as BAFTAs, are BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma and A Star is Born.

Nominees for best British film — a separate category — are Channel Islands thriller Beast, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, fashion documentary McQueen, Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan and Ollie and crime thriller You Were Never Really Here.

Best-actress nominees are Colman, Glenn Close for The Wife, Lady Gaga for A Star is Born, Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Viola Davis for Widows.

Best-actor contenders are Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born, Christian Bale for Vice, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Steve Coogan for Stan and Ollie and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book.

The winners will be announced on 10 February at a ceremony in London hosted by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley.


Best film
The Favourite
Green Book
A Star Is Born

Outstanding British film
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Stan & Ollie
You Were Never Really Here

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Apostasy – Daniel Kokotajlo (writer/director)
Beast – Michael Pearce (writer/director), Lauren Dark (producer)
A Cambodian Spring – Chris Kelly (writer/director/producer), 
Pili – Leanne Welham (writer/director), Sophie Harman (producer)
Ray & Liz – Richard Billingham (writer/director), Jacqui Davies (producer)

Best film not in the English language
Cold War 

Best documentary
Free Solo
They Shall Not Grow Old 
Three Identical Strangers

Best animated film
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best director
BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski
The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper

Best original screenplay
Cold War – Janusz Glowacki, Pawel Pawlikowski
The Favourite – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Green Book – Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón
Vice – Adam McKay

Best adapted screenplay
BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
First Man – Josh Singer
If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth

Best actress
Glenn Close – The Wife
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Viola Davis – Widows

Best actor
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Christian Bale – Vice
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Steve Coogan – Stan & Ollie
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Best supporting actress
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best supporting actor
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

Best original music
If Beale Street Could Talk 
Isle of Dogs 
Mary Poppins Returns 
A Star Is Born

Best cinematography
Bohemian Rhapsody
Cold War 
The Favourite 
First Man 

Best editing
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
First Man

Best production design
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Favourite
First Man 
Mary Poppins Returns

Best costume design
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots

Best make up & hair
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Mary Queen of Scots 
Stan & Ollie

Best sound
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Mission: Impossible – Fallout 
A Quiet Place 
A Star Is Born

Best special visual effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther 
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
First Man
Ready Player One

Best British short animation
I’m OK

Best British short film
73 Cows
Bachelor, 38
The Blue Door
The Field 

EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public)
Barry Keoghan
Cynthia Erivo
Jessie Buckley
Lakeith Stanfield
Letitia Wright

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