Tuesday 22 January 2019

Irish produced film 'The Favourite' leads with 12 Bafta nominations

Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are all nominated for the period drama, as well as director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Undated film still handout from The Favourite. Pictured: Olivia Colman as Queen Anne. See PA Feature SHOWBIZ Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Atsushi Nishijima. All Rights Reserved. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature SHOWBIZ Film Reviews.
Undated film still handout from The Favourite. Pictured: Olivia Colman as Queen Anne. See PA Feature SHOWBIZ Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Atsushi Nishijima. All Rights Reserved. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature SHOWBIZ Film Reviews.

The Favourite, produced by Element Pictures in Ireland, is leading the British Academy Film Awards with 12 nominations, including for best film and outstanding British film.

Olivia Colman has been nominated in the leading actress category for her role as Queen Anne in the dark comedy drama, just days after winning a Golden Globe.

Her co-stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone have both received nods in the supporting actress category, and director Yorgos Lanthimos is also nominated.

Element Pictures' Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe issued a statement about the nominations, thanking their partners at Film4, Fox Searchlight and Waypoint, and their team at Element who "have worked tirelessly on this film for ten years".

They added, "We are so grateful for such a ringing endorsement from BAFTA’s membership, particularly as that enthusiasm has been matched by audience reactions to the film in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the US. Bring on the 10th February and long live the Queen!"

Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Roma and A Star Is Born each have seven nominations, while Vice has six and BlacKkKlansman has five.

Colman will compete against 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.

Vice star Christian Bale, who also won a Golden Globe at the weekend, has been given a Bafta nod in the leading actor category.

Rami Malek, another Golden Globe winner, has been nominated in the same category for his role in Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody.

They will both battle Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Steve Coogan for Stan and Ollie and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book.

Along with Weisz and Stone, Amy Adams, Claire Foy and Margot Robbie are in the supporting actress category for their roles in Vice, First Man and Mary, Queen of Scots respectively.

The supporting actor nominees are Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman, Mahershala Ali for Green Book, Richard E Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Sam Rockwell for Vice and Timothee Chalamet for Beautiful Boy.

Cooper has received his first Bafta directing nomination for his directorial debut A Star Is Born, and he will compete against Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War and Lanthimos for The Favourite.

Along with The Favourite, the best film nominees are BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, Roma and A Star Is Born.

The Favourite also has a shot at scooping the outstanding British film gong, but will have to face off against Beast, Bohemian Rhapsody, McQueen, Stan and Ollie, and You Were Never Really Here.

The Bafta Film Awards will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on February 10.

Here is who else is nominated:

Best Film
BlacKkKlansman
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born

Outstanding British Film
Beast
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
McQueen
Stan And Ollie
You Were Never Really Here

Best Director
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Paweł Pawlikowski – Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Documentary
Free Solo
McQueen
RBG
They Shall Not Grow Old
Three Identical Strangers

Animated Film
Incredibles 2
Isle Of Dogs
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Original Screenplay
Cold War – Janusz Głowacki and Paweł Pawlikowski
The Favourite – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Green Book – Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga
Roma – Alfonso Cuaron
Vice – Adam McKay

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

Leading Actor
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Christian Bale – Vice
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Steve Coogan – Stan And Ollie
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

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

Supporting Actor
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

The winners will be announced on February 10.

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