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'The Favourite', 'Roma' emerge favourites at BAFTA 2019

IANS  |  London 

It was a win-win for period dramas at the 2019 British Academy Awards here on Sunday night as the 18th century-set "The Favourite" won seven honours, and the Mexican black and white drama "Roma" registered four big wins.

At the ceremony hosted by at the Royal Albert Hall, "The Favourite" won Outstanding British Film, Leading (Olivia Colman), Supporting (Rachel Weisz), Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up and Hair.

While collecting the Original Screenplay for "The Favourite", said: "I'm so excited to be standing here to receive my for my first screenplay.

"Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power."

Netflix's "Roma" scooped up big honours, including the Best Film, Best Director, Not in the English Language and Cinematography.

Cuaron won in each of these categories, setting a tone of sorts for what to expect at later this month.

He thanked for having the "faith and courage to get behind a black-and-white about a domestic worker, subtitled from Spanish, and bring it to audiences around the world".

"To see a film about an indigenous embraced this way in an age when fear and anger propose to divide us means the world to me.

"Reverting back to a world of separation and isolation is not a solution to anything. It is simply an excuse to hide our fear within our basest instincts," he said.

Acting accolades went to for his lead role as star in "Bohemian Rhapsody", which also won an award for Sound.

Mahershala Ali won the Best Supporting Actor for "Green Book", a film backed by Reliance Entertainment's Amblin Entertainment.

Diversity was celebrated as Guyanese-born British won the EE Rising Star Award -- an honour that the public votes for.

"BlacKkKlansman" won for Adapted Screenplay, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" took the award for Animated Film, the Best Documentary went to "Free Solo", "Vice" won for Editing, and "Black Panther" received for Special Visual Effects.

"A Star Is Born" won for -- an award that singer-actress was ecstatic about.

The film's Bradley Cooper, who composed music for it too, said: "I got to fulfill a dream I never thought would happen, and I got to do it with some of the best musicians in the world. The music was the heartbeat of the film."

Writer-and received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, or for "Beast".

The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to and Stephen Woolley, a producing partnership who have created some iconic British of recent years, including "The Crying Game", "Company of Wolves", "Little Voice", "Scandal", "Carol" and "Colette".

The Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow, was presented to

The show featured performances by and The elegantly dressed Duke and Duchess of took front row seats at the event.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 05:06 IST
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