Yorgos Lanthimos’ film “The Favourite” has received ten Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture.
The Greek-born director is known for a series of eccentric films like “The Lobster,” “The Killing of the Sacred Deer” and “Dogtooth,” which was the Best Foreign Picture nominee almost a decade ago.
About Lanthimos’ film The Favourite:
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 (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (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.
Winners will be announced at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony on February 24.
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