"The Favourite," a dark comedy about a love triangle involving Queen Anne in 18th-century Britain, was the big winner of the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday in London, with seven awards.
Alfonso Cuarón’s "Roma" took home four — including the two most coveted, best film and best director — at the British equivalent of the Oscars. During an acceptance speech, Cuarón said the success of "Roma," a film about an indigenous domestic worker in Mexico, meant the world to him, especially "in an age when fear and anger propose to divide us."
The "Favourite" had been tipped to win big. It gained 12 nominations in January, five more than any other film and received rave reviews in Britain. While it didn’t quite meet those expectations, Olivia Colman won the award for best actress as Queen Anne, repeating her success at last month’s Golden Globes, and Rachel Weisz won best supporting actress for her performance as one of the queen’s advisers and lovers. "We’re going to get so pissed later," said Colman upon accepting her award, a British reference to getting drunk.