In early 18th-century England, the status quo at the court is upset when a new servant arrives and endears herself to a frail Queen Anne.
“The Favourite” is a 2018 historical period comedy-drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The film takes place in early 18th-century England, during the reign of Queen Anne (played by Olivia Colman), and follows the power struggles between two of her closest advisors and friends, Lady Sarah Churchill (played by Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham (played by Emma Stone).
The film was highly praised for its acting, direction, and screenplay, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actress for Olivia Colman’s portrayal of Queen Anne. It also won several other awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Rachel Weisz, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Overall, “The Favourite” is a darkly humorous and intriguing look into the world of 18th-century British royalty and the complex relationships that existed within it.