• The Favourite (2018)

The Favourite

Release Date: November 23rd, 2018

DVD Release Date: March 5th, 2019

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots.

Cast: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss, Jenny Rainsford

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Waypoint Entertainment, Film4

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Spirited, Fall, Tense, Emotional, England, Rivalry, Rise, Friend, Melodramatic, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Lee MarshallScreen International

    The Favourite is one of those rare films where the energy generated by three talents at the top of their game and the energy generated by their characters swirl and merge in a perfect storm. show more

  • 100
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    [Yorgos Lanthimos'] fabulously entertaining tragicomedy, The Favourite, is a juicy power tangle connecting three women in the royal court of early 18th-century England, played by a divine trio who bounce off one another with obvious relish. show more

  • 80
    E. Oliver WhitneyScreenCrush

    This is less Lanthimos’ film than it is Colman, Stone, and Weisz’s. The Favourite is mostly an excuse to watch these three attempt to one-up each other. show more

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Awards

Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Directing
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Production Design
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2019)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2019)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Winner Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)