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The Favourite, partly filmed in Sevenoaks, Kent, nominated for 12 Baftas

By Angela Cole

A film shot partly in Kent is leading the nominations for Baftas.

The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Colman, was partially filmed at the National Trust property Knole park in Sevenoaks.

After scooping a best actress award at the Golden Globes at the weekend, it now leads the race for this year's Bafta Awards, with 12 nominations.

Set in the early 18th century, The Favourite stars Olivia 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).

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

It has been shortlisted for best film; outstanding British film; leading actress; best director; best original screenplay; best cinematography; best costume design; best editing, production design, make-up and hair and best supporting actress for Emma Stone.

The film sees Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone play rivals for her majesty’s attention.

Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill. Picture:: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Atsushi Nishijima
Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill. Picture:: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Atsushi Nishijima

The movie, which has a predominantly British cast, has been described as a rollicking comedy and brilliantly bawdy, and is likely to also be recognised with multiple nominations at the Academy Awards (Oscars) in February.

The West Front of Knole Picture: National Trust
The West Front of Knole Picture: National Trust
Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill and Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite. Picture: PA Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures
Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill and Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite. Picture: PA Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures

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