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Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' wins major prizes at the British Independent Film Awards


Yorgos Lanthimos’ newest film The Favourite scooped the major prizes at the recent British Independent Film Awards.

The Favourite synopsis

[su_pullquote]”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.”[/su_pullquote]

Greek director Lanthimos, famed for some of his previous work such as Dogtooth, The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, landed the ‘Best Director’ award. The film itself picked up ‘Best British Independent Film’, the much loved Olivia Colman claimed ‘Best Actress’ and, alongside her, Rachel Weisz was awarded ‘Best Supporting Actress’.

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With the recognition of Dixie Chassay’s casting work, Nadia Stacey’s makeup and Fiona Crombie’s production designed it capped off a resoundingly victorious evening for the project.

Elsewhere the highly rated feature film Roma was awarded Best International Independent Film and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood got ‘Best Music’ for his contribution to You Were Never Really Here.

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Here is the full list of winners:

Best British Independent Film
The Favourite [+] – Yorgos Lanthimos (Ireland/UK/USA)

Best Director
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

Best Actress
Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Actor
Joe Cole – A Prayer Before Dawn [+] (France/UK/China)

Best Screenplay
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor
Alessandro Nivola – Disobedience [+] (UK/Ireland/USA)

Best Documentary
Evelyn – Orlando von Einsiedel

Most Promising Newcomer
Jessie Buckley – Beast

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Richard Billingham – Ray & Liz

Debut Screenwriter
Bart Layton – American Animals (UK/USA)

Breakthrough Producer
Jacqui Davies – Ray & Liz

The Discovery Award
Voyageuse – May Miles Thomas

Best British Short Film
The Big Day – Dawn Shadforth

Best International Independent Film
Roma – Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico/USA)

Best Casting
Dixie Chassay – The Favourite

Best Cinematography
Robbie Ryan – The Favourite

Best Costume Design
Sandy Powell – The Favourite

Best Editing
Nick Fenton, Julian Hart, Chris Gill – American Animals

Best Effects
Howard Jones – Early Man [+]

Best Make-up and Hair Design
Nadia Stacey – The Favourite

Best Music
Jonny Greenwood – You Were Never Really Here [+] (France/UK/USA)

Best Production Design
Fiona Crombie – The Favourite

Best Sound
Paul Davies – You Were Never Really Here