Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos was the biggest victor of the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). The Greek candidate with his much-anticipated British period drama “The Favourite” won seven of the twelve nominated awards in the 72nd BAFTA Awards held in London on Sunday.
The seven awards are follow-up to the earlier Golden Globe prize received by Hollywood Star Olivia Colman for her role in the cast as Queen Anne. Of the seven prizes, the most important ones related to the Outstanding British Film, and Leading and Supporting Actress Performance. The two latter prizes were given to Hollywood Stars Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz respectively, for their roles as Queen Anne of Great Britain and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. The two ladies shared a close friendship which gradually evolved into a love-hate relationship as royalty issues and questions of political authority came to the forefront. The rest BAFTA awards that Mr. Lanthimos received related to production and costume design, original screenplay and make-up and hair nominations. The Greek director, praised his team for the outstanding performance and admitted that it took more than 20 years in preparations to make “the Favourite” a BAFTA winner.
The runner-up to BAFTA Awards was the Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron with his Roma movie. The Mexican director received four BAFTAs including the Best Film and Best Director nominations. The American actor Rami Malek received the Best Actor prize for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Bohemian Rhapsody, while the film also received the Best Sound award. Other winners entailed the Black Panther, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born.
The BAFTA Awards are an important precursor to the Oscar’s fixture. They often reveal which nominees will receive an Oscar, with Yorgos Lanthimos being nominated in ten different categories. This year’s Oscars will be held on Sunday 24 February.