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The Favourite wins record 10 prizes at British Independent Film Awards (2018)

The Favourite

Story by Jack Foley

HISTORICAL comedy-drama The Favourite has won a record 10 awards at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).

The film won Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Olivia Colman maintained her perfect record of winning at BIFA every time she is nominated and took home her fourth BIFA trophy. Her performance as Queen Anne was awarded Best Actress.

While her co-star, Rachel Weisz, was named Best Supporting Actress.

The five awards on the night took the tally for The Favourite to 10, adding to its five craft awards announced earlier this month for Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Make Up & Hair Design and Best Production Design.

Other winners included Joe Cole, who was crowned best actor for his portrayal of an English boxer in a Thai prison in A Prayer Before Dawn.

Alessandro Nivola won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Dovid in Disobedience opposite Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.

And American Animals writer-director Bart Layton won the Debut Screenwriter award for his first fiction feature. The film also won Best Editing.

Turner Prize winning artist Richard Billingham received The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director for Ray & Liz, while the film’s producer, Jacqui Davies, won the award for Breakthrough Producer.

Beast star Jessie Buckley was named Most Promising Newcomer.

You Were Never Really Here won two BIFAs – for Best Music and Best Sound.

As previously announced, Judi Dench was presented with the 2018 Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film and Felicity Jones received this year’s Variety Award which recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped focus the international spotlight on the UK.

Also previously announced was the winner of Best Effects – Aardman Animation’s Early Man.

The full list of winners is as follows…

The Variety Award
Felicity Jones

The Special Jury Prize
Horace Ové

Best British Independent Film
The Favourite

Best Director
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Best Screenplay
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Best Actress
Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Actor
Joe Cole, A Prayer Before Dawn

Best Supporting Actor
Alessandro Nivola, Disobedience

Most Promising Newcomer
Jessie Buckley, Beast

The Douglas Hickox Award – Best Debut Director
Richard Billingham, Ray & Liz

Debut Screenwriter
Bart Layton, American Animals

Breakthrough Producer
Jacqui Davies, Ray & Liz

The Discovery Award

Best Documentary

Best British Short Film
The Big Day

Best International Independent Film

Best Casting
Dixie Chassay, The Favourite

Best Cinematography
Robbie Ryan, The Favourite

Best Costume Design
Sandy Powell, The Favourite

Best Editing
Nick Fenton, Julian Hart, Chris Gill, American Animals

Best Effects
Howard Jones, Early Man