Yorgos Lanthimos's bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal in the court of Queen Anne in early 18th century England.
At the center of the story is the Queen herself (Olivia Colman), whose relationship with her confidante, adviser and clandestine lover Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) is turned upside down by the arrival of the Duchess’s younger cousin Abigail (Emma Stone). Soon the balance of power shifts between the women as they jockey for influence with the Queen and the court.
The Favourite received two awards at the Venice Film Festival 2018: Best Actress (Olivia Colman) and the Grand Jury Prize. At the Academy Awards, it was nominated in 10 categories (including Best Director and Best Picture) and received Best Actress (Olivia Colman). At the BAFTAs, the film won seven awards from 12 nominations, including Best Actress, Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Original Screenplay and British Film.