Irish produced film ‘The Favourite’ leads with 12 BAFTA nominations
‘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 was nominated in the leading actress category for her role as Queen Anne in the dark comedy drama, just days after winning a Golden Globe.
According to independent.ie, 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.
‘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.