‘The Favourite’ named best UK film at British Academy Awards

LONDON ‘ Tragicomic royal drama ‘The Favourite’ was crowned the year’s best U.K. film at Sunday’s British Academy Film awards, in front of an audience studded with Hollywood stars and real British royalty.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama has a total of 12 nominations for the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars. Star Olivia Colman has already won a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’ and is favored to take the best-actress prize

The 18th-century queen’s distant relative, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge ‘ wearing a white, off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress ‘ joined Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Timothee Chalamet and other stars for a black-tie ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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‘The Favourite’ named best UK film at British Academy Awards

Actress Olivia Colman poses for photographers upon arrival at the BAFTA awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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The Latest: ‘The Favourite’ grabs 2 British Academy awards

Mahershala Ali has been named best supporting actor at the British Academy Film Awards for his role as a concert pianist in “Green Book.”

Ali said at the awards ceremony in London on Sunday night that it was “surreal to get this kind of thing for something you feel so passionate about and grateful for.”

The actor performed alongside Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book”, which tells the story of a black musician and his white driver touring the Deep South in the 1960s.

Other winners so far at Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars include Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” for best adapted screenplay, the Bradley Cooper-directed “A Star is Born” for music and Alfonso Cuaron’s lush black-and-white “Roma” for cinematography.

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Weisz’s trophy was the fourth award of the night for the royal period drama, in which she plays Sarah Churchill, who was one of the most powerful people in 18th-century England.

The actress said she “had the greatest luck in that I played opposite two of the most glorious women,” co-stars Emma Stone and Olivia Colman.

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The 18th-century royal drama took the first award of Sunday’s ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It is nominated in another 11 categories at the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars, including the separate best film prize.

Director Yorgos Lanthimos paid tribute to the films three stars – Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. All three are up for acting trophies at the awards, known as BAFTAs.

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