Yorgos Lanthimos’ tragicomic royal drama “The Favourite” won seven awards at Sunday’s British Academy Film Awards— the United Kingdom’s equivalent to the Academy Awards.
“The Favourite” won seven trophies including best British film and best actress for Oiivia Colman, who plays Britain’s 18th century Queen Anne in the female-centric drama.
Lanthimos, the Greek-born director has been a resident of England for almost a decade.
“Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power,” said “The Favourite” writer Deborah Davis, who won the original screenplay award alongside co-writer Tony McNamara.
Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” snapped up the outstanding British film and screenplay awards as well as prizes for its opulent production design, its extravagant costumes, larger-than-life hair and makeup and the performances of Colman and supporting actress Rachel Weisz.
The awards, known as BAFTAs, are often hints on who might we can expect at Hollywood’s Academy Awards on Feb. 24. “The Favourite” is nominated in 10 Oscar categories.