BAFTAs 2019: The Favourite, Roma win big

Lawrence Kim
February 11, 2019

Elsewhere, Roma, Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white film about his childhood in Mexico City, was named best film and best film not in the English language, while he was also named best director and cinematographer.

"Roma" is also nominated for best picture at the Oscars later this month, which has propelled Netflix into the Hollywood club of elite filmmakers despite fears that its streaming business model could undermine the industry.

Picking up her BAFTA, Rachel Weisz paid tribute to her co-stars, saying she had "the greatest luck in that I played opposite two of the most glorious women" while Olivia Colman said in her acceptance speech that her fellow actresses in the film had been the "best and classiest and coolest honour guard any woman could ever have" before adding "as far as I'm concerned, all three of us are the same....this is for all three of us". The only thing that pretty much pulled me out of that was God, my belief, my faith and my family and an email from Bafta saying they wanted me to be a part of the Bafta Breakthrough Brits and I was like "let me try again". "I'm very happy that they're embracing diversity.in a time in which the theatrical experience had become so gentrified", Cuaron said on the red carpet about Netflix.

"I just hope that this opens up the game".

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 US civil rights-era road movie Green Book.

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

Addressing the other winners from The Favourite, she said: "We are having an incredible night aren't we?"

"This is for a lead". It's weird. but this is for all three of us. It's got my name on it but we can scratch in some others.

Weisz and Stone are also in the running for Oscars in a proud year for the British film industry.

Meanwhile, Rami Malek won the Leading Actor prize for his role playing late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

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

Best supporting actor went to Mahershala Ali for "Green Book", a comedy-drama in which he plays a jazz pianist on a tour of the Deep South in 1962.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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