The Favourite, partly filmed in Sevenoaks, Kent, wins seven Baftas

11 February, 2019, 17:09 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation  Atsushi Nishijima

Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white memoir Roma was the big victor at the BAFTA Awards ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday.

Hollywood A-listers and top British actors came together in London for the awards ceremony organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on Sunday.

Period drama "The Favourite", in which Olivia Colman stars as Britain's 18th-century Queen Anne, won seven BAFTAs, including Outstanding British film, Original Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up and Hair.

Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

Colman´s uproarious depiction of the largely forgotten monarch has proved popular with audiences.

"She doesn't take herself too seriously and she enjoys what she's doing", Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos said after winning the Bafta for outstanding British film.

Colman, 45, was up against Glenn Close ("The Wife") and Lady Gaga ("A Star is Born") - the same power duo she will face at the Oscars on February 24.

Rachel Weisz, who played Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, in the film was named Best Supporting Actress, pipping her co-star Emma Stone who was nominated for her portrayal of Abigail Masham in the movie.

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However, unlike other award shows, viewers won't be able to watch Sunday's ceremony live when it starts at 7 p.m. GMT in London's Royal Albert Hall. The film also won the Sound prize.

There was also success for British actress and Black Panther star Letitia Wright, who won the EE Rising Star award, the only Bafta voted for by the public.

BlackKklansman won the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse scored the Best Animated Film trophy.

The 2019 edition has also been tinged by scandal.

This referred to an article in the USA magazine The Atlantic detailing sexual misconduct allegations that included underage sex.

Roma, Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white film about his childhood in Mexico City, was named best film and best film not in the English language, while he was also named best director and cinematographer.

"Free Solo" - a film about the first person to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without ropes - won the award for best documentary.

Nominated in the leading actor category are Christian Bale for "Vice", Steve Coogan for "Stan & Ollie", Rami Malek for "Bohemian Rhapsody", Viggo Mortensen for "Green Book" and Bradley Cooper for "A Star Is Born".

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