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The Favourite

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Original title
The Favourite
Running time
121 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Robbie Ryan
Co-production United Kingdom-Ireland-United States;
Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Drama. Comedy | Black Comedy. 18th Century
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
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2018: Academy Awards: Best Actress (Olivia Colman). 10 Nominations
2018: Golden Globes: Best Actress (Colman). 5 Nom. incl. Best Picture Comedy
2018: 7 BAFTA Awards, including Best British Film & Original Screenplay
2019: European Film Awards: 8 Awards inc. Best Film, Comedy, Director & Actress
2019: Gaudí Awards: Nominated for Best European Film
2018: Venice Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize, Best Actress (Colman)
2018: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2018: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actress (Colman)
2018: Critics Choice Awards: Best Cast & Actress in a Comedy (Colman). 14 Nomin.
2018: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2018: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Supp. Actress (Colman) & Best Art Direction
2018: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: 3 Nominations, including Best Film
2018: San Francisco Film Critics Circle: 9 Nominations, including Best Film
2018: British Independent Film Awards: 10 Awards including Best Movie
2018: Gotham Awards: Special Jury Award
2018: Satellite Awards: Best Comedy, Costume Design & Ensemble. 10 Nominations
2018: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2018: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom.Best Actress (Colman) & Sup (Stone & Weisz)
2018: Gijon Film Festival: Best Actress (Olivia Colman) - Opening Film
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