Olivia Colman won the Best Actress award for her role in the British period film “The Favorite.” But Americans won big as well, with Rachel Weisz, Mahershala Ali and Rami Malek winning top awards at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards in London Sunday night (Feb. 10).
“The Favorite,” set in 18th century England, won the award for Outstanding British Film. Weisz, who co-starred, won best supporting actress. The film took home seven awards in all at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
“I had the greatest luck in that I played opposite two of the most glorious women. Olivia Colman and Emma Stone, didn’t we have an extraordinary time?” Weisz said from the stage.
“Roma,” the Mexican-American collaboration based on the life of Director Alfonso Cuarón, won four awards including the coveted Best Film statue as well as awards for cinematography and non-English Language film. Cuarón won Best Director.
“This time I’m going to read because as you can tell, I blanked and can’t think what to say. I just want to thank Participant Media and Netflix for their faith and courage and I share this award with my amazing cast and crew,” he said.
“The Favourite” also picked up wins in for Original Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.
Film director Yorgos Lanthimos accepted the award for best British movie. “This film took 20 years to make, I contributed to the last 10,” he said.
“Of course the three leading ladies who I couldn’t be more proud of,” he added referring to Colman, Weisz and co-star Emma Stone.
American films and actors were well-represented.
Rami Malek was named Best Leading Actor for his role as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The film also won Best Sound, but was edged out in the Best Original Music category by “A Star is Born.”
Mahershala Ali’s performance in “Green Book” earned the Best Supporting Actor Award.
The Awards weren’t without controversy.
Rob Marshall protested that British actress Emily Blunt was robbed during awards nominations.
The ‘”Mary Poppins Returns” actress was snubbed for her role in the update of the classic film. But Marshall said he was confident her performance will stand the test of time.
Marshall sounded off at the Cinematic Imagery Award at the ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards,
“Well, I will say that it was disappointing, there’s no question, and I think people felt that,” he said. “She really did the impossible by taking on this role and doing such extraordinary work with it. But I will say that after the soon-to-be-forgotten awards season, which will be a few weeks from now, her performance will last the test of time and it will live forever, because it’s so extraordinary. And I will say Emily, like me, is a sort of very positive person and just sees the good, sees what she did, sees how people are responding to the film and her performance, and that’s what you really carry with you.”
Rob also claimed there is an unfair bias against musicals. “I don’t feel that they’re given the same weight or attention in a way as other films, because they don’t feel as politically relevant,” he said. “But to me, they’re 100 times harder to make and what she did on this film was so extraordinary.”
The movie scored a strong 78 rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks critical reviews.
The film grossed $356 million worldwide, according to boxofficemojo, which put it in sequel territory. Marshall confirmed another movie based on the books by P.L. Travers is in the “early stages”.
“I will say right now that there were eight books, so there’s a lot of great material still to mine,” he said. “That’s what we worked from, those incredible eight books of P.L. Travers. So, you know…”
“Listen, how many ‘Star Wars’ films have there been, you know what I mean? Or ‘James Bond’ films. If there’s a great character and story to tell, why not?”
Producer John DeLuca said: “Emily does light up when she speaks to me about it. And if the people want it, I think it will happen.”
British Academy Film Awards 2019 Winners
Best Film – ‘Roma’
Outstanding British Film – ‘The Favourite’
Director – Alfonso Cuarón, ‘Roma’
Leading Actor – Rami Malek, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Leading Actress – Olivia Colman, ‘The Favourite’
Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, ‘Green Book’
Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz, ‘The Favourite’
EE Rising Star – Letitia Wright
Original Screenplay – ‘The Favourite’
Adapted Screenplay – ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Original Music – ‘A Star is Born’
Cinematography – ‘Roma’
Film Not in the English Language – ‘Roma’
Editing – ‘Vice’
Production Design – ‘The Favourite’
Sound – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Special Visual Effects – ‘Black Panther’
Costume Design – ‘The Favourite’
Make Up & Hair – ‘The Favourite’
Animated Film – ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse’
British Short Animation – ‘Roughhouse’
British Short Film – ’73 Cows’
Documentary – ‘Free Solo’
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema – Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer – Michael Pearce & Lauren Dark, ‘Beast’
BAFTA Fellowship – Thelma Schoonmaker