Olivia Colman and 'The Favourite' rule at the BAFTAs

Brenda Watkins
February 11, 2019

THE Favourite was the big victor at Baftas 2019 with seven gongs, as Olivia Colman scooped the Best Actress award.

The winners of the 72nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) have been announced at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron poses with his awards for Best Film and Best Director for Roma.

It won out against "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson's "They Shall Not Grow Old" in which silent black-and-white footage from World War I was transformed into a 3D color movie.

"The thing I really want to do is, Emma and Rachel (must keep this together) not just for your performances but for what you did after the cameras stopped rolling. And what is very needed is a balance between the two economic models - the theaters and the (streaming) platforms, because that's only going to be good for cinema".

"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.

Colman, who portrays the monarch as frail and tempestuous, won the Leading Actress category, a victory that had been expected by many.

Rachel is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role along with co-star Emma Stone while Olivia is up for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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"We're having an fantastic night".

"This is for a lead".

Colman then briefly lost her point but then added: "This isn't for the lead it's for A lead and as far as I'm concerned all three of us are the same and should be the lead and it's weird that we can't do that".

"This is for all three of us".

However, unlike other award shows, viewers won't be able to watch Sunday's ceremony live when it starts at 7 p.m. GMT in London's Royal Albert Hall.

"She doesn't take herself too seriously and she enjoys what she's doing", Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos said after winning the Bafta for outstanding British film.

Bradley Cooper picked up the Original Music prize for A Star Is Born, while Adapted Screenplay went to Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman.

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

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