“The Favourite” leads with a lucky 13 nominations at Sunday’s British Independent Film Awards. And Yorgos Lanthimos‘s acclaimed costume drama could well win a record number of prizes at the 21st annual edition of these kudos that honor films produced or co-produced by a British company with budgets of under 10 million pounds.
The closest competition for this Oscar frontrunner are: Bart Layton‘s crime drama “American Animals” with 11 bids; Michael Pearce‘s psychological thriller “Beast” with 10; and Lynne Ramsay‘s character study “You Were Never Really Here” with eight. All four of these compete for Best British Independent Film as does Sebastián Lelio‘s “Disobedience.”
Besides that top race, “The Favourite” contends in 11 categories: Best Director, Best Actress (Olivia Colman); Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz), Best Screenplay, Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hair, Best Production Design and Best Sound.
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)