The Favourite the favourite at Baftas

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The Favourite led the nom­i­na­tions for the Bri­tish Academy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts (Bafta) awards on Wednesday, with 12 nods for the cos­tume drama that has al­ready won its lead­ing ac­tress Olivia Col­man crit­i­cal ac­claim and sev­eral prizes.

The com­edy sees Col­man play Britain’s 18th-cen­tury Queen Anne as a frail and in­se­cure royal, eas­ily in­flu­enced by her close friend Sarah, Duchess of Marl­bor­ough, por­trayed by Os­car win­ner Rachel Weisz.

When maid Abi­gail (Emma Stone) ar­rives, the re­la­tion­ship is tested as both women fight for the queen’s af­fec­tion.

The Favourite will com­pete for Best Film, Out­stand­ing Bri­tish Film, Orig­i­nal Screen­play – and in the Di­rec­tor cat­e­gory for Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos – at the awards show on Feb 10 in London.

Col­man, Weisz and Stone are all nom­i­nated and the film has also been recog­nised for Edit­ing, Cine­matog­ra­phy, Make Up & Hair, Pro­duc­tion De­sign and Cos­tume De­sign.

Queen biopic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, space drama First Man, Netflix film Roma and mu­si­cal re­make A Star Is Born each re­ceived seven nom­i­na­tions.

Join­ing The Favourite on the Best Film list are A Star Is Born, Green Book, BlacKkKlans­man and Roma.

In the Lead­ing Ac­tress cat­e­gory, Col­man faces fel­low Golden Globe win­ner Glenn Close for The Wife, Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), Vi­ola Davis (Wi­d­ows) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever For­give Me?).

Chris­tian Bale (Vice), Rami Malek (Bo­hemian Rhap­sody), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) and Steve Coogan (Stan & Ol­lie) are nom­i­nated for Lead­ing Ac­tor.

PHOTO: REUTERS

(From left) Emma Stone, Olivia Col­man and Rachel Weisz star in The Favourite.

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