BAFTAs: Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ dominate

Brenda Watkins
February 11, 2019

"Roma" won the best film and best director, sharing the glory with British black comedy "The Favourite" which picked up best actress for Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and best-supporting actress for Rachel Weisz playing her confidante and lover.

There was a standing ovation for the star as she came on stage to pick up her award from Gary Oldman.

Cuaron was also named best director at Sunday night's awards ceremony in London.

In America, viewers will still be able to watch the ceremony at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America as well as the red carpet, which is being broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at 9 a.m. PT. While he lost out on Best Director to Alfonso Cuaron, and Best Film, he did win for Best Adapted Screenplay.

He thanked his co-star and fellow composer Lady Gaga and the other musicians who helped with the film soundtrack before saying: "Most of all I have to thank Irina (Shayk, his partner) for putting up with me for all the music I was trying to make in our basement for a year".

"Reverting back to a world of separation and isolation is not a solution to anything", Cuaron added.

Olivia Colman, who portrays Britain's 18th century Queen Anne in The Favourite, won the Leading Actress category, a victory that had been expected by many.

"We're having an wonderful night aren't we", Colman told her fellow "The Favourite" nominees as she picked up the award.

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"As far as I'm concerned, all three of us are the same and should be the lead.This is for all three of us. It's got my name on it, but we can scatch some other names on".

Rami Malek took the Leading Actor prize for his portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", adding to his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award wins for the role.

The film's stars also cleaned up on social media, thanks to one red carpet attendee.

Amy Adams was snubbed for a seventh time at the BAFTAs after losing Supporting Actress for her performance in Vice to Rachel Weisz for The Favourite.

Best documentary was awarded to the film, Free Solo, which featured the story of free-climber Alex Hannold, the first person to ever climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without ropes.

A Star is Born won the prize for best original music, accepted by the film's writer, director and star, Bradley Cooper.

Mahershala Ali took the Supporting Actor prize for his role in Green Book, set in the segregated US South in the early 1960s.

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