Last Sunday, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) awards ceremony took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Big winners on the night were Netflix film Roma and a Film 4 production The Favourite, winning 10 awards between them. Roma won four awards including Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Film. Roma is the first Netflix production to win the Best Film award at the BAFTAs. The Favourite won six awards including Best actress, Best Costume Design and Best Supporting Actress.
All eyes now turn to the 91st Academy Awards on February 24th, as the biggest awards show of the year takes place in Los Angeles. With the British Film Award season finished, now people are turning to America to see who wins big. With the success of Roma and The Favourite, questions are being asked how well they will do at the Oscars.
Roma is a film which is set in Mexico City, and is a semi-biographical film about the life of the director Alfonso Cuarón. Set in the 1970s, the movie centres around Cleo the housemaid, who falls pregnant. When she tells the father about the baby he runs off and leaves Cleo all alone when Teresa (Cleo’s boss) takes her shopping to get a cot for the baby. Unfortunately, this is during violent protests and while hiding in a store, Cleo’s waters break and they must get to the hospital.
The Favourite is a period film set in 1708. The film follows Queen Anne, who is in poor health but shows enthusiasm towards activities such as pigeon shooting and racing ducks. This is peculiar as Britain is at war with France (The War of the Spanish Succession). In the Queen’s place, Lady Sarah is running the country. Sarah’s younger cousin Abigail arrives to retrieve her place which her father gambled away.
So will Roma and The Favourite take the top spots or will a dark horse arrive out of nowhere and take home the gold? We’ll have to find out!