“The Favourite” may have been spurned by the New York Film Critics Circle on Thursday but it had a great night in London on Sunday, winning a whopping 10 trophies at the 2018 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Picture. Besides that top race, Yorgos Lanthimos‘s acclaimed costume drama also took home Best Director, Best Actress (Olivia Colman); Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Best Screenplay, Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hair and Best Production Design.
Coming into the evening with a lucky 13 nominations, “The Favourite” lost just two races: Best Film Editing to “American Animals” and Best Sound to Lynne Ramsay‘s character study “You Were Never Really Here,” which also took home the prize for Best Music. “The Favourite” had two nominees in Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz won over, among others, co-star Emma Stone.
Weisz had also been up for Best Actress for her starring role in “Disobedience,” which had to settle for one win from five nominations for Supporting Actor Alessandro Nivola.
With that sweep by “The Favourite,” Bart Layton‘s crime drama “American Animals” was kept to tw0 win despite 11 nominations; Layton also claimed the Debut Screenwriter award. And Michael Pearce‘s psychological thriller “Beast” had to settle for one trophy from 10 bids: Most Promising Newcomer (Jessie Buckley).
Last year William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth” won a leading five awards (from a jaw-dropping 15 nominations), including Best Actress for Florence Pugh, who played a rebellious bride, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Most Promising Newcomer (Naomie Ackie). However, it lost the top race to Francis Lee’s love story “God’s Own Country,” which also claimed three other awards (Actor – Josh O’Connor; Debut Screenwriter for Lee; Best Sound)