Olivia Colmans film is Bafta favourite


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Olivia Colman is nominated for best actress for playing Queen Anne

Olivia Colman’s film The Favourite leads the race for this year’s Bafta Awards, with 12 nominations.

The announcement comes days after Colman won a Golden Globe for playing Queen Anne in the period comedy-drama.

It’s some way ahead of its nearest Bafta rivals Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, First Man and Roma, which have seven nominations each.

Steve Coogan, Christian Bale, Claire Foy, Rachel Weisz and Richard E Grant are the other British acting nominees.

The Favourite is the only production to be up for both best film and outstanding British film. It has also proved popular at box offices, making £4m in the UK and Ireland in its first week.

Colman is nominated for best actress, while her co-stars Weisz and Emma Stone – who vie for the monarch’s affections in the film – are both in the running for best supporting actress.

“There’s a lot of love for this film,” film critic Jason Solomons told BBC Breakfast. “It’s already doing very well at the box office and it’s only been out there a week officially.

“Olivia Colman is such a popular figure… I think people are just falling for her performance as Queen Anne, supported brilliantly of course by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.”

Colman has won three Bafta TV Awards in the past – for Broadchurch, Twenty Twelve and Accused – but this is her first nomination in the film section.

Rami Malek is another star who will be hoping to follow a Golden Globe victory with a win at the Baftas.

He is nominated for playing late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, which is also shortlisted for outstanding British film. But it is not in the overall best film category.

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Steve Coogan (left) is nominated for best actor for Stan & Ollie

Coogan hasn’t been in the running in this year’s Hollywood awards season so far, but he is recognised by Bafta for playing Stan Laurel in Stan & Ollie, which tells the story of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy’s final UK tour.

He has won six Baftas in the past – but none have been for acting in a film.

Joanna Lumley will host the Bafta film ceremony for the second time at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 10 February.

It will be one of the last key ceremonies before the Oscars, which take place in Hollywood on 24 February.

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