LONDON (REUTERS) - The Favourite led the nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards on Wednesday (Jan 9), with 12 nods for the costume drama that has already won its leading actress Olivia Colman critical acclaim and several prizes.
The comedy sees Colman play Britain's 18th-century Queen Anne as a frail and insecure royal, easily influenced by her close friend Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, portrayed by Oscar winner Rachel Weisz.
When maid Abigail arrives, the relationship is tested as both women fight for the queen's affection.
The Favourite will compete for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay - and in the Director category for Yorgos Lanthimos - at the British film awards next month.
Colman, Weisz and Emma Stone, who plays Abigail, are all nominated and the film has also been recognised for Editing, Cinematography, Make Up & Hair, Production Design and Costume Design.
Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody, space drama First Man, Netflix film Roma and musical remake A Star Is Born each received seven nominations.
Political comedy Vice got six.
Joining The Favourite on the Best Film list are comedy-drama Green Book, set in the segregated US deep South in the early 1960s, A Star Is Born, Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman and Roma.
That black and white Mexican movie, seen as a major Oscar contender, is also in the running for Film Not In The English Language and its director Alfonso Cuaron, who triumphed at the Golden Globes on Sunday, will compete against Greece's Lanthimos in the Director category.
They are joined by directors Lee, Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born and Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War.
In the Leading Actress competition, Colman faces fellow Golden Globe winner Glenn Close for The Wife, pop star Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, Viola Davis for Widows and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Christian Bale, who portrays former US Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice, Rami Malek, who takes on the role of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, andGreen Book actor Viggo Mortensen are nominated for Leading Actor.
Completing that list is Cooper for A Star Is Born and Steve Coogan for Stan & Ollie.
The contenders for the Supporting Actor prize are Mahershala Ali for Green Book, Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Sam Rockwell for Vice, Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy and Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman.
Claire Foy, Amy Adams and Margot Robbie join Stone and Weisz in the Supporting Actress race, respectively for First Man, Vice and Mary Queen Of Scots.
The winners will be announced on Feb 10 in London.