Ten Oscar nominations for Lanthimos’ period piece ‘The Favourite’

70th Cannes Film Festival – Photocall after Closing ceremony - Cannes, France. 28/05/2017. Director Yorgos Lanthimos, Best screenplay ex aequo award winner for his film "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"poses. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ prophetically-name period comedy-drama “The Favourite” has once again lived up to its name, with no less than 10 nominations in this year’s Oscar race, including those for best picture, best director and best actress (Olivia Colman).

“The Favourite” takes the lead for the most nominations, in a tie with Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white epic “Roma”.

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced early this year, 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, Lanthimos’ comedy-drama touches on universal themes, such as love, competition and power.

“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 a war and the fate of a country. For me, it is also a love story with comic, dramatic and dark moments,” Lanthimos said.

The film has so far earned Olivia Colman a Golden Globe for Best Actress, where it was also nominated in another four categories, and took the lead for nominations in the BAFTAs.

The Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 24 in Hollywood.