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BAFTA Film Awards 2019: The Favourite leads nominations

The Favourite

Story by Jack Foley

OLIVIA Colman’s costume drama The Favourite leads the nominees for this year’s BAFTA Film Awards, with 12 nominations.

The announcement comes days after the popular British actress won a Golden Globe for playing Queen Anne in the period comedy-drama. She is nominated as best leading actress, while the film is shortlisted in both the best film and outstanding British film categories.

And both of Colman’s co-stars, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, are shortlisted in the best supporting actress category, while Yorgos Lanthimos is up for best director and original screenplay.

The film’s nearest rivals were Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, space race drama First Man and Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, which have seven nominations each.

Another actor looking to follow up his Golden Globe success is Rami Malek, who is shortlisted as best actor for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, which is also shortlisted for outstanding British film but it is not in the overall best film category (where it triumphed at the Globes).

Joining Malek on the best actor shortlist are Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale (for his portrayal of former US Vive President Dick Cheney in Vice), Steve Coogan (for Stan & Ollie) and Viggo Mortensen (for Green Book).

Competing against Colman for best leading actress, meanwhile, are Glenn Close (for The Wife), Melissa McCarthy (for Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Lady Gaga (for AStar Is Born) and Viola Davis (for Widows).

Of the releases up for the night’s top prize, Best Film, The Favourite will be seen as the favourite, against Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman, Cuaron’s Roma, racial drama Green Book and A Star Is Born.

Of those hoping to edge out The Favourite for Outstanding British Film, Laurel and Hardy drama Stan & Ollie perhaps has the best chance. But crime drama You Were Never Really Here, Beast, McQueen and Bohemian Rhapsody are also in with a shout.

Joanna Lumley will host the BAFTA film ceremony for the second time at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019.

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