Nominated for 12 BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and nominations for all three actresses.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos lends his singularly twisted sensibility to The Favourite, an opulent costume drama about two ambitious aristocrats ruthlessly vying for power in the court of England’s eccentric Queen Anne. This may be his first foray into lush historical drama, but the offbeat auteur’s take on the normally-staid genre is anything but genteel.
In 18th Century England, the tragicomic Queen Anne—already an award winning performance from Olivia Colman—is depressed, crippled by gout and more interested in doting on her 17 rabbits than attending to matters of state. For that she turns to her close confidante Sarah Churchill (RachelWeisz, nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe), who parlays her influence over Anne into unprecedented political clout. But power dynamics begin to shift when destitute but savvy newcomer Abigail (Emma Stone, also nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe) arrives on the scene and quickly climbs the ranks from scullery maid to the queen’s preferred lady-in-waiting. What follows is a deliciously nasty series of seductions, power plays, and brutal takedowns, as Sarah and Abigail savagely jockey for power.
While The Favourite might be a racier, more irreverent, and more profanity-laden period drama than most, it’s also an unparalleled triumph of period detail that completely immerses the audience in the overripe opulence of the royal court. And, as the dysfunctional trio at the film’s center, Colman, Weisz and Stone all deliver career-best performances.
“A 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.” — The Hollywood Reporter