Leading Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ film “The Favourite” has received an impressive 10 Oscar nominations including those for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.
The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, with "The Favourite" also contending for best-supporting actress (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz), best original screenplay, photography, editing, cinematography, production design, and costume design.
Based on the true story of Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, and the dysfunctional court set up by the last member of the Stewart dynasty, "The Favourite" touches on universal themes, such as love, competition, and power.
"The Favourite" takes the lead for the most nominations, in a tie with "Roma" an emotional story of a domestic worker's journey set against domestic and political turmoil in 1970s Mexico, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
"I was interested mainly in the three central characters, their power, their fragile relations and how the behaviour of so few people could turn the tide of war and the fate of a country. For me, it is also a love story with comic, dramatic and dark moments," Lanthimos said.
"The Favourite" is also contending for best-supporting actress (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz), best original screenplay, photography, editing, cinematography, production design, and costume design at the 91st Academy Award, which will be held on Sunday, February 24 in Hollywood.