LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Anne costume romp “The Favourite” looks set to scoop more movie honors on Sunday as the awards season cavalcade swings into London for the BAFTAs.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony is the most esteemed event outside the United States during the annual awards season, further whipping up the fervor for films ahead of the Oscars on Feb. 24.
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“The Favourite” leads the BATFAs race with 12 nominations. Britain’s Olivia Colman is tipped to win Leading Actress for her portrayal of the 18th century queen as frail, childish and tempestuous in a role that has won her several awards already.
Co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are in the running for their supporting roles in which they bid for the affection of the British monarch, director Yorgos Lanthimos has been nominated and the movie also received nods for Best Film and Outstanding British Film.
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“‘The Favourite’ does appear the one to beat (at the BAFTAs),” Alex Ritman, UK correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter, told Reuters.
“I think there’ll be a revolution if Olivia Colman doesn’t get best actress.”
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The British actress, deemed a national treasure at home for television roles in “Broadchurch” and “The Night Manager”, faces competition that includes Lady Gaga for “A Star Is Born” and Glenn Close for “The Wife”.
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