Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

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

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

The comedy-drama set in the court of Queen Anne romped home with awards, including Best Actress for Olivia Colman, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz.

Costume romp "The Favourite" was the biggest victor at the BAFTAs on Sunday, taking seven awards, but Netflix black and white film "Roma" picked up the Best Film prize, as well as Director, at Britain's top movie honors.

Fans are loving these viral clips of The Favourite stars Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz saying "gay rights" at the BAFTAs.

Colman´s uproarious depiction of the largely forgotten monarch has proved popular with audiences. And she said yes I can do that!

Colman, 45, was up against Glenn Close ("The Wife") and Lady Gaga ("A Star is Born") - the same power duo she will face at the Oscars on February 24. Her co-star Rachel Weisz scooped up the Supporting Actress prize, an award for which fellow The Favourite star Emma Stone was also nominated.

"Didn´t we have an extraordinary time?"

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

Looking visibly shaken as she walked up to the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall, the actress - who played Queen Anne in The Favourite - clutched a piece of paper with her notes on what to say.

There was also success for British actress and Black Panther star Letitia Wright, who won the EE Rising Star award, the only Bafta voted for by the public. Best British short film was "73 Cows", while Vice won the best editing.

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

The 2019 edition has also been tinged by scandal. On Feb. 6, the British academy announced: "In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for "Bohemian Rhapsody" has been suspended, effective immediately".

This referred to an article in the U.S. magazine The Atlantic detailing sexual misconduct allegations that included underage sex.

Other winners included Rami Malek who took Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Mahershala Ali who was named Best Supporting Actor for his part in "Green Book".

Rami Malek was named Best Actor for his performance in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and Mahershala Ali won the statuette for his work in the USA civil rights-era road movie Green Book.

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.

The film to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War was a massive hit in Britain when it aired on the BBC in November.

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