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‘The Favourite’ reigns over BAFTA nominations

‘The Favourite’ reigns over BAFTA nominations
Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman, right, in a scene from the film “The Favourite.” (Yorgos Lanthimos / Fox Searchlight Films)

The royal comedy-drama “The Favourite” lived up to its name Wednesday, leading the race for the British Academy Film Awards.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ film received 12 nominations for the British equivalent of the Oscars, including best film, best director and best actress, for Olivia Colman. Colman won a Golden Globe on Sunday for her performance as Britain's 18th century Queen Anne.

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Colman’s costars, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, received supporting actress nominations as the two women competing for the monarch's patronage.

The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the lunar drama “First Man,” the autobiographical Mexican story “Roma” and the musical melodrama “A Star Is Born” each received seven nominations for the awards, known as BAFTAs,.

The other best picture nominees are “BlacKkKlansman,” “Green Book,” “Roma” and “A Star is Born.”

Nominees for best British film — a separate category — are the Channel Islands thriller “Beast,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” the fashion documentary “McQueen,” the Laurel and Hardy biopic “Stan and Ollie” and the crime thriller “You Were Never Really Here.”

Best actress nominees are Colman, Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and Viola Davis for “Widows.”

Best actor contenders are Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Steve Coogan for “Stan and Ollie” and Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book.”

The winners are to be announced Feb. 10 at a ceremony in London hosted by “Absolutely Fabulous” star Joanna Lumley.

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