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Oscar nominations picked up by films with scenes shot in Kent

Two blockbusters filmed partly in Kent have been nominated for Oscars.

The Favourite, which included scenes filmed at Knole in Sevenoaks, and Mary Queen of Scots, which included a pivotal scene shot at Penshurst Place, both feature in the nominations for this year's coveted awards, announced today.

The Favourite is nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Film Editing.

Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite. Picture: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Atsushi Nishijima
Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite. Picture: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Atsushi Nishijima

Yorgos Lanthimos is nominated for Best Director and Olivia Colman is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role while Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz who appear alongside her will fight it out for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

The two films go head to head in the Best Costume Design category while Mary Queen of Scots is also nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

The Favourite stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, who occupies the throne but due to ill health and her mercurial temper, the country is governed by her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz).

It was partially filmed at the National Trust property Knole and has already scooped Olivia Colman a Golden Globe for Best Actress and has 12 nominations for Baftas.

Saoirse Ronan as Mary in Mary Queen Of Scots Picture: PA Photo/Focus Features LLC/Liam Daniel
Saoirse Ronan as Mary in Mary Queen Of Scots Picture: PA Photo/Focus Features LLC/Liam Daniel

Mary Queen of Scots stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as her cousin Elizabeth I, who eventually signed her death warrant, took place at the historic house acting as Fotheringhay Castle, where Mary was held prisoner. The beheading scene wasfilmed at 14th century Penshurst Place.

Other films which featured in the Oscar nominations included Vice, starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Mary Poppins Returns, which stars Emily Blunt, and Bohemian Rhapsody which stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.

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