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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The comedy is elegant, frequently dark and genuinely witty. The spectacle is gorgeous. 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

  • 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

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Awards

Nominated Cinematography
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Production Design
Nominated Directing
Winner Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)