Irish produced film The Favourite has received five nominations for the Golden Globes.
From the Yorgos Lanthimo, the director of The Lobster, The Favourite is an Irish Production by Element Pictures. It has just been nominated for five Golden Globes.
“It’s absolutely brilliant for the film,” Ed Guiney, the producer of The Favourite, says. “Getting these nominations is a very important way of telling audiences: this is a film you should see this year. It also highlights the film when it comes to the Academy Awards. It points out that it is something they should pay attention to.”
The nominations include Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay and a Best Actress nomination for Olivia Colman in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actress nominations for both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and a mercurial temper.
When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time-consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion.
Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.
“We developed The Favourite for 10 years,” Ed Guiney, a founder of Element Pictures, says. “We attached Yorgos. We used Irish Film Board money and continued to develop it with our team in Dublin. It is obviously an international film. But Ryanair, say, remains an Irish company even though it doesn’t work exclusively in Ireland.”
Written by: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Produced by: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss