The Favourite's Weisz and Colman back gay rights on Baftas red carpet

Joann Johnston
February 11, 2019

Bafta winners Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz have been hailed as LGBT heroes after proclaiming their support for the community on the red carpet before Sunday's awards show.

"She doesn't take herself too seriously and she enjoys what she's doing", Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos said after winning the Bafta for outstanding British film.

Rachel is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role along with co-star Emma Stone while Olivia is up for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Alfonso Cuaron's semi-autobiographical film, about a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico, has won a string of prizes this awards season, further cementing its path to potential Oscar success.

Alfonso Cuaron's lyrical "Roma" has been named best picture at the British Academy Film Awards, while costume romp "The Favourite" took the most honours.

The 45-year-old beat out completion from Glenn Close for her role in The Wife and Lady Gaga for her Oscar-nominated film A Star Is Born.

"Didn´t we have an extraordinary time?"

Looking visibly shaken as she walked up to the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall, the actress - who played Queen Anne in The Favourite - clutched a piece of paper with her notes on what to say.

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The comic-book adaptation Black Panther won for Best Visual Effects and cast member Letitia Wright went home with the Rising Star award. Best British short film was "73 Cows", while Vice won the best editing.

Last year´s ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall saw Hollywood stars paint the red carpet black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement.

This referred to an article in the United States magazine The Atlantic detailing sexual misconduct allegations that included underage sex.

Best documentary was awarded to the film, Free Solo, which featured the story of free-climber Alex Hannold, the first person to ever climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without ropes.

Rami Malek was named Best Actor for his performance in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and Mahershala Ali won the statuette for his work in the USA civil rights-era road movie Green Book.

"If they do good movies, they should be recognised".

The film to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War was a massive hit in Britain when it aired on the BBC in November.

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