'The Favourite' rules BAFTAs with most wins

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Published on February 11, 2019 - Duration: 02:08s

'The Favourite' rules BAFTAs with most wins

Costume romp "The Favourite" was the biggest winner at the BAFTAs on Sunday, taking seven awards, but Netflix's black and white film "Roma" picked up the Best Film prize, as well as Director, at Britain's top movie honors.

Mia Womersley reports.

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'The Favourite' rules BAFTAs with most wins

On a night widely seen as a preview of potential Oscars glory, 'The Favourite' certainly lived up to its name.

The eighteenth century costume drama romp won seven BAFTAS on Sunday (February 10) night.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BAFTA BEST ACTRESS WINNER, OLIVIA COLMAN, SAYING (OVERLAID WITH VARIOUS SHOTS OF COLMAN SPEAKING): "I don't know - I do, I do know what to say I've actually written something down.

To my fellow nominees, to be in the same company as you is such an extraordinary honour." But it was Alfonso Cuaron's Netflix movie 'Roma', set in 1970s Mexico, that picked up the top accolade at the British film ceremony.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WRITER-DIRECTOR, ALFONSO CUARON, SAYING (EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: VISUALS OF CAST AND CREW THROUGHOUT SOUNDBITE): "To see a film about an indigenous domestic worker embraced this way, in an age where fear and anger propose to divide us means the world to me." Reuters' Jason Mansaray was on the red carpet.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER, JAYSON MANSARAY, SAYING: "Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron won best film for 'Roma' which for some was quite surprising considering the film is black and white and in a foreign language.

But 'The Favourite' picked up seven Awards - including Outstanding British Film as well as leading actress for Olivia Colman and Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz.

Picking up the lead actor role for the biopic, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was a Rami Malek and in the supporting actor category was Mahershala Ali for Green Book.

But perhaps the most emotional moment of the night was the speech from Letitia Wright, she won the EE Rising Star Award and talked about her battle with depression and how her faith managed to help her through it." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BAFTA RISING STAR WINNER, LETITIA WRIGHT, SAYING (OVERLAID WITH VARIOUS OF WRIGHT SPEAKING): "I literally wanted to quit acting.

The only thing that pretty much pulled me out of that was god, my belief, my faith, my family and an email from BAFTA saying that they wanted me to be a part of the BAFTA breakthrough Brits and I was like: let me try again." The ceremony drew Hollywood stars including 'A Star Is Born' actor and director Bradley Cooper and 'Mary Queen of Scots' nominee Margot Robbie, walking a chilly red carpet.

Britain's Prince William, who is president of BAFTA, and his wife Kate were also there.

The Oscars are in two weeks' time.

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