Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ absurdist period comedy, “The Favourite”, has received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting actresses.

Lanthimos was especially pleased with the nominations, expressing his joy that all three actresses were recognised for their work in the film. Olivia Colman received a Best Actress nomination, and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone both received supporting actress nominations. In fact, it is the first time in Oscar history that a film has had all three actress leads nominated for one film.

Costume designs also impressed, with three-time Oscar winner Sandy Powell competing for the award. She is also nominated for her costumes in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Lanthimos has also been thrust into the Oscar race with a nomination for Best Director.

The film is a leading contender in the 91st Academy Awards, along with Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”. Winners are to be announced at the ceremony on 24 February.