“The Favourite” outpaced the field at the British Independent Film Awards with a record haul of 10 prizes, including best film, best actress for Olivia Colman, best supporting actress for Rachel Weisz and best director for Yorgos Lanthimos. The darkly comic costume drama had been expected to fare well after receiving 13 nominations, and its five trophies at Sunday night’s starry ceremony in London came on top of five craft awards handed out earlier.
Colman’s performance as a gouty, capricious Queen Anne earned her her fourth BIFA and maintained her record of winning each time she has been nominated.
Joe Cole won the award for best actor for his portrayal of a boxer in a Thai prison, in “A Prayer Before Dawn.” “American Animals,” “You Were Never Really Here,” and “Ray and Liz” walked away with a pair of awards each, and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” was named best international film.
Bart Layton won the award for debut screenwriter for “American Animals,” which also scooped the trophy for best editing. Richard Billingham triumphed in the best debut director category and Jacqui Davies won as breakthrough producer for “Ray and Liz.”
The brace of wins for “You Were Never Really Here” came in the music and sound categories.
Alessandro Nivola won the best supporting actor award for his performance in “Disobedience.” “Beast” star Jessie Buckley was named Britain’s most promising newcomer.
Film and TV grande dame Judi Dench was on hand to collect her Richard Harris Outstanding Contribution accolade, and Felicity Jones picked up the Variety Award, which goes to a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped focus the international spotlight on the U.K.
A special jury prize was given to Horace Ové for commitment to paving the way for the next generation.
2018 BIFA winners list:
The Variety Award
The Special Jury Prize
Best British Independent Film
Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”)
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)
Joe Cole (“A Prayer Before Dawn”)
Best Supporting Actor
Alessandro Nivola (“Disobedience”)
Most Promising Newcomer
Jessie Buckley (“Beast”)
The Douglas Hickox Award – Best Debut Director
Richard Billingham (“Ray & Liz”)
Bart Layton (“American Animals”)
Jacqui Davies (“Ray & Liz”)
The Discovery Award
Best British Short Film
“The Big Day”
Best International Independent Film
Dixie Chassay (“The Favourite”)
Robbie Ryan (“The Favourite”)
Best Costume Design
Sandy Powell (“The Favourite”)
Nick Fenton, Julian Hart, Chris Gill (“American Animals”)
Howard Jones (“Early Man”)
Best Make Up & Hair Design
Nadia Stacey (“The Favourite”)
Jonny Greenwood (“You Were Never Really Here”)
Best Production Design
Fiona Crombie (“The Favourite”)
Paul Davies (“You Were Never Really Here”)