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BAFTA Film Awards 2019: The Favourite wins seven but Roma takes top prize


Story by Jack Foley

ROYAL period comedy-drama The Favourite may have dominated the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards, winning seven in total, but the night’s top prize went to Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, which also picked up its own small haul.

In a night that celebrated diversity, there were also wins for Mahershala Ali, for Green Book, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody and Black Panther breakout star Letitia Wright, who picked up the EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public).

The overall winner, however, was The Favourite, which saw Olivia Colman crowned best actress and Rachel Weisz take best actress, as well as being named outstanding British film.

The Favourite‘s other awards were best production design, best costume design and best hair and make-up and best original screenplay.

Cuaron’s Roma, meanwhile, stole the headlines for top prize, after taking the coveted title of Best Film ahead of the likes of The Favourite, A Star Is Born and Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman.

It also saw Cuaron recognised as best director and for his cinematography, while picking up a fourth award for film not in the English language.

Upon picking up her prize for best actress, Colman received a standing ovation and was clearly filled with delight. Referencing co-star Weisz’s earlier prize, she said: “We are having an amazing night aren’t we? We are going to get so pissed later!”

Collecting The Favourite‘s prize for outstanding British film, meanwhile, director Lanthimos said: “It’s a great honour… this film took 20 years to make – I contributed to the last 10.”

He also thanked actresses Colman, Emma Stone and Weisz saying: “Of course, the three leading ladies that I couldn’t be more proud of.”

Deborah Davis, who picked up The Favourite‘s award for original screenplay, added: “Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power.”

Upon picking up the prize for best film, Mexican filmmaker Cuaron Cuaron thanked Netflix for having the “faith and courage to get behind a black-and-white film about a domestic worker, subtitled from Spanish and bring it to audiences around the world”.

He went on to say: “To see a film about an indigenous domestic worker embraced this way in an age when fear and anger propose to divide us means the world to me. Reverting back to a world of separation and isolation is not a solution to anything. It is simple an excuse to hide our fear within our basest instincts.”

He had earlier picked up the trophy for cinematography, saying: “It’s an amazing honour, BAFTA, thank you very much. Foreign is just a different colour, and colour complements each other, I’m very happy BAFTA is honouring a story about a domestic worker of indigenous background. The specific colour of this film is Mexico, so I want to thank also Mexico.”

Best actor winner Rami Malek was also very appreciative of BAFTA’s recognition for his portrayal of Queen singer Freddie Mercury and Britain’s vast musical heritage. He told the audience: “You Brits do music well, it’s not lost on me how sacred your musical heritage is. Thank you to the greatest outsider of them all, Freddie Mercury.”

Green Book‘s Mahershala Ali, meanwhile, was visibly moved as he collected his award for best supporting actor, but was quick to praise his fellow nominees for “their work”.

And Letitia Wright also gave an emotional speech as she picked up the Rising Star Award, encouraging fellow prospective actors of all ages to never give up on their dreams.

“A few years ago I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I wanted to quit acting,” she said. “The only thing that pretty much pulled me out of that was God, my belief, my faith and my family and an email from BAFTA saying they wanted me to be a part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, and I was like ‘let me try again’.”

Black Panther itself didn’t go home empty-handed, winning a prize for best visual effects. While another superhero movie, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, won best animated film.

Another animated winner was Roughhouse, which took home British short animation, while Best British short film was 73 Cows.

Further prizes went to Vice, which won best editing, and A Star is Born, which took home the award for best original music. The Bradley Cooper-directed remake was overlooked in the main categories.

This year’s BAFTA ceremony took place at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall and was hosted for a second year by Joanna Lumley.

The BAFTAs are often viewed as a good indicator of who will go on to awards glory at the Oscars – which are being held this year on Sunday, February 24. Last year, the winners of the acting categories – Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell – were exactly the same at the BAFTAs and the Oscars.

View the winners list in full