“The Favourite,” “Roma” honored in Lon­don

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jill Law­less

LON­DON» Tragi­comic royal drama “The Favourite” and Mex­i­can fam­ily me­moir “Roma” split the hon­ors with mul­ti­ple wins each at Sun­day’s Bri­tish Academy Film Awards — vic­to­ries that sug­gest a wind of change may be blow­ing through the movie in­dus­try.

“The Favourite” won seven tro­phies in­clud­ing best Bri­tish film and best ac­tress for OIivia Col­man, who plays Bri­tain’s 18th cen­tury Queen Anne in the fe­male­cen­tric drama.

Al­fonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which cen­ters on the nanny to a mid­dle-class Mex­ico City fam­ily, took prizes for best pic­ture, di­rec­tor, cin­e­matog­ra­phy and for­eign-lan­guage film.

Win­ners rel­ished the sym­bol­ism of their vic­to­ries.

“Thank you for cel­e­brat­ing our fe­male-dom­i­nated movie about women in power,” said “The Favourite” writer Deb­o­rah Davis, who won the orig­i­nal screen­play award along­side co-writer Tony McNa­mara.

Cuaron thanked the film’s backer, Net­flix, for hav­ing the courage to sup­port “a black and white film about a do­mes­tic worker” that is not in English.

He said the ex­tent to which the film has been em­braced “in an age where fear and anger are pro­posed to di­vide us means the world to me.”

Di­rec­tor Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos’ “The Favourite” snapped up the out­stand­ing Bri­tish film and screen­play awards as well as prizes for its op­u­lent pro­duc­tion de­sign, its ex­trav­a­gant cos­tumes, larger-than-life hair and makeup and the per­for­mances of Col­man and sup­port­ing ac­tress Rachel Weisz.

“This is for all three of us,” Col­man said, speak­ing of Weisz and the film’s other star, Emma Stone. “It’s got my name on it but we can scratch on some other ones.”

The best-ac­tor tro­phy went to Rami Malek for his elec­tric turn as Queen front man Fred­die Mer­cury in “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody.”

Ma­her­shala Ali was named best sup­port­ing ac­tor as a con­cert pi­anist tour­ing the 1960s Deep South in “Green Book.”

Other win­ners in­cluded Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlans­man” for best adapted screen­play and the Bradley Cooper-di­rected “A Star is Born” for mu­sic.

“BlacKkKlans­man” is in­spired by the true story of Colorado Springs’ first black po­lice de­tec­tive, Ron Stall­worth, and his im­prob­a­ble in­fil­tra­tion of the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s.

The awards, known as BAF­TAs, will be scoured for clues on who might tri­umph at Hol­ly­wood’s Academy Awards on Feb. 24. “Roma” and “The Favourite” each have 10 Os­car nom­i­na­tions.

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