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'The Favourite' leads race for British Academy Film Awards

BAFTA Film Awards 2019: Olivia Colman's 'The Favourite' dominates nominations The Favourite leads Bafta nominations | News
Charles Bowen | 09 January, 2019, 16:23

Add United Kingdom as an interest to stay up to date on the latest United Kingdom news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Colman, who won a Golden Globe for the performance on Sunday, is now a favourite herself for the Oscar race next month. Colman and her co-stars, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, are also all nominated.

"Bohemian Rhapsody", "First Man", "Roma" and "A Star is Born" each received seven nominations from the British Academy.

Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" and Golden Globe victor "Green Book" were also among the nominations for Best Film.

In the Leading Actress competition, Colman faces fellow Golden Globe victor Glenn Close for "The Wife", pop star Lady Gaga in "A Star Is Born", Viola Davis for "Widows" and Melissa McCarthy for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?".

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'Best Director aside, the betting for the other big categories are all quite close however, it will be interesting to see how the traditional British bias comes into play at this year's BAFTAs, ' said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

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

And while Bohemian Rhapsody might have missed out on a best film nomination, Rami Malek is still favourite to win best actor for his role as Freddie Mercury, with odds of 4/7.

The ceremony will be held on February 10 from London's Royal Albert Hall.

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