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Queen Anne takes centre stage as ‘The Favourite’ leads this year’s BAFTA nominations

Just days after scooping one of Hollywood’s top acting prizes, Olivia Colman’s portrayal of Queen Anne in ‘The Favourite’ has been nominated for another major movie award. The star is in the running for Best Actress at the BAFTAs where the film leads the field with twelve nominations in total.

The shortlists for the awards were revealed on January 9th 2019 and put Olivia Colman in line to add to the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) which she won at the weekend. It’s also being seen as another indication that she could be in line for a nomination for perhaps the most coveted movie award of them all, an Oscar, with the runners and riders for those prizes set to be announced on January 22nd.

‘The Favourite’ has become one of the darlings of this year’s film award season and its dozen nods at the BAFTAs include both Best Picture and Outstanding British Film. There are also nominations in the category for Best Original Screenplay while Yorgos Lanthimos is up for Best Director.

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, who play the scheming cousins fighting each other for influence over Queen Anne in the film, are both nominated for Best Supporting Actress where they find themselves with royal opposition as Margot Robbie is also up for that prize for her portrayal of Elizabeth I in ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’. That royal story brought to life for the big screen has two other nominations, in costume and hair and make up design, with ‘The Favourite’ also up for prizes in the same categories.

The Duke of Cambridge is the President of BAFTA and, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, has attended several of the film award ceremonies in recent years. There’s no word yet on whether William and Kate will attend this year’s event which is being held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10th 2019.


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Lydia is a writer, blogger and journalist. She's worked in the media for over twenty years as a broadcast reporter, producer and editor as well as feature and online writer. As well as royals and royal history, she's a news junkie and podcaster.