The Favourite director thanks ‘magnificent triumvirate' for 12 Bafta nominations

The film has emerged as a clear favourite at this year's British Academy Film Awards.

The director of The Favourite has paid tribute to the trio of star actresses in the film following its 12 nominations in this year’s British Academy Film Awards.

The Favourite has been nominated for best film and outstanding British film, and its stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz have all received nominations.

The Favourite Premiere – 62nd BFI London Film Festival
Rachel Weisz, left, Olivia Colman, centre, and Emma Stone have all received Bafta nominations (PA)

Director Yorgos Lanthimos, who has also received a nomination in the director category, said: “Thank you to Bafta for honouring The Favourite and acknowledging the passion and dedication, from so many departments, that went into making our film.

“The Favourite has been many, many years in the making and we, the entire film-making team, are incredibly proud to have received this profound recognition today.

“I’m especially happy for the magnificent triumvirate that is Olivia, Rachel, and Emma, whose immense talent bring our film to life.”

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences New Members Party 2018 – London
Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of The Favourite, left, and Olivia Colman (PA)

Colman’s nomination in the leading actress category for her role as Queen Anne in the dark comedy drama, comes just days after winning a Golden Globe.

Her co-stars Weisz and Stone have both received nods in the supporting actress category.

Weisz said: “It is a thrill to be nominated alongside this phenomenal group of actresses, including my fantastic co-stars Emma and Olivia.

“It was a complete joy to work alongside them and to be directed by the brilliant Yorgos Lanthimos.”

Along with Weisz and Stone, Amy Adams, Claire Foy and Margot Robbie are in the supporting actress category for their roles in Vice, First Man and Mary, Queen of Scots respectively.

The supporting actor nominees are Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman, Mahershala Ali for Green Book, Richard E Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Sam Rockwell for Vice and Timothee Chalamet for Beautiful Boy.

Grant said: “Am absolutely chuffed to bits for my first ever Bafta nomination!

“And most especially for my ‘partner in crime’ Melissa McCarthy, as well as Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty for their remarkable adapted screenplay nomination.”

Colman will compete against Glenn Close for The Wife, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Viola Davis for Widows.

Vice star Christian Bale, who also won a Golden Globe at the weekend, has been given a Bafta nod in the leading actor category.

Rami Malek, another Golden Globe winner, has been nominated in the same category for his role in Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody.

They will both battle Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Steve Coogan for Stan and Ollie and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book.

Cooper has received his first Bafta directing nomination for his directorial debut A Star Is Born, and he will compete against Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War and Lanthimos for The Favourite.

Along with The Favourite, the best film nominees are BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, Roma and A Star Is Born.

The Favourite will have to face off against Beast, Bohemian Rhapsody, McQueen, Stan and Ollie and You Were Never Really Here in the outstanding British film category.

The Bafta Film Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley and will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on February 10.

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