Ireland/U.K./U.S., 2018, 120 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, Rated R, Fox Searchlight Pictures
"A bawdy, brilliant triumph." – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
The Favourite won the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress (Olivia Colman) and was nominated for 9 others: Best Picture, Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone & Rachel Weisz), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.
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