The Favourite set to reign the BAFTA's
With five Golden Globe and twelve BAFTA nominations, as well as being the winner of two awards at the Venice International Film Festival, The Favourite has been causing waves with critics and audiences alike since its release. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is in bad health and sits on the throne, though she seems to have little interest in governing and more in pursuing her quirky interests. However, her trusted advisor and friend Duchess Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) more than makes up for Anne’s lack of interest by directing and controlling the Queen’s choices and effectively running the country through her suggestions.
This delicate balance begins to tip when Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), Sarah’s impoverished cousin, arrives and starts to court the Queen’s desire for gentle affection, the type Sarah has not provided in a long time. These two women start to play the game against one another, though it soon becomes apparent that the position of a pawn on the board is not as clear cut as it initially seemed. After all, there can be only one Queen.
Starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Emma Stone, these three award-winning giants of cinema use their formidable talent to display the passions, desires, and hunger for power these three historical figures sought and sacrificed heavily for. Director Yorgos Lanthimos of The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, also uses his skill of combining subtlety with vibrant essences to showcase this sumptuous dramatization of the life of one of the more enigmatic monarchs in British history.
With 12 nominations, along with its notable success at the Golden Globes, The Favourite and it’s stellar cast are all but set to occupy the throne at this years BAFTA Film Awards.
Samantha Lyons | Inflight Dublin
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