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The Favourite leads BAFTA nominations

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Rachel Weisz in The Favourite and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born are among the BAFTA nominees. Photos: Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros
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The Favourite continues as, well, the favourite heading into yet another industry awards night, fresh off the back of a successful bout at the Golden Globes.

The period-drama comedy has been nominated in 12 categories for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, which are the most prestigious film awards held outside of the US, and a foreshadower to the Oscars.

All three of the film’s lead actresses – Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone – have scored nominations. Colman scooped the Globe for best performance by an actress in a musical or comedy motion picture, while Weisz and Stone were hot contenders for the best supporting actress category.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born was left wanting at the Globes. With seven nominations under its belt – including best film, best actor and best actress – whether or not it takes an award back over the Atlantic will be telling of its Oscar fortunes.

Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man and Roma also each bagged seven nominations.

The Freddie Mercury biopic has been nominated for outstanding British film, its star Rami Malek for best actor, and best costume design.

The BAFTAs will be announced in London on February 10, and the night hosted by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley.

Meanwhile, The Oscars will be held on February 25, but the awards are still without a host.

Here is a rundown of the flicks nominated in the best film category for this year’s BAFTAs.

BlacKkKlansman

Directed by Spike Lee. Stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier.

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz.

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Roma

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Stars Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey. Language: Spanish.

A year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

It has been called the best film in 2018 that you’ve never heard of.

A Star Is Born

Directed by Bradley Cooper. Stars Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott.

A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

-with AAP