The British film industry celebrated the 72nd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark period film, The Favourite, dominated proceedings with seven wins but missed out on Best Film that was won by Alfonso Curaon’s Roma.
Joanna Lumley hosted the event that gave The Favourite the first award of the night for oustanding British film. Lanthimos said: “This film took 20 years to make, I contributed to the last 10.”
The film also scored its second win in the production design category. Olivia Colman won Best Actress, but she said that all three women in the film were leads and it was “weird” that only one could be nominated for the lead. “This is for all three of us,” she said. “It’s got my name on it but we can scratch some other names.”
Rachel Weisz won Best Supporting Actress, beating Emma Stone.
Writer Deborah Davis picked up the prize for original screenplay – a work she first drafted 20 years ago – and Sandy Powell picked up a prize for the work’s costume designs, beating her own work in Mary Poppins Returns.