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Oscar contender The Favourite dominates the British Independent Film Awards

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Bawdy and hilarious historical black comedy The Favourite has further cemented its BAFTA and Oscar chances by triumphing at the British Independent Film Awards.

The awards, or BIFAs for short, are often seen as a barometer of future awards success, and going by that rationale, The Favourite would appear to have it in the bag.

The movie scooped a record 10 awards including Best British Independent Film of 2018, Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos and Best Screenplay, reports Variety. Additionally, Olivia Colman scooped Best Actress (her fourth in a row) and Rachel Weisz the award for Best Supporting Actress (beating co-star and fellow nominee Emma Stone). Additional wins encompassed Best Cinematography, Best Casting, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hair and Best Production Design.

The Favourite is the deliciously twisted take on the twilight years of the UK's 18th century monarch Queen Anne (Colman), who has resigned herself to a life of gout, pineapple-eating and duck-racing. Manipulated by the shrewd Sarah Churchill (Weisz), who manages the war against the French in her stead, and social-climbing servant Abigail (Stone), this Anne is petulant, surly and lonely, unlike most rulers we've seen on the big screen before.

The movie has been hailed for its perverse and dark sense of humour, one very much in-keeping with earlier Lanthimos movies such as The Lobster. Pivoting around a triangular power structure involving three women, it's very much a film for our time, critics lauding its skewering of those in positions of power (Robbie Ryan's off-kilter cinematography further adds to the sense of surrealism).

The Favourite is released in the UK on 1st January 2019, so tweet us @Cineworld if you think it will emerge as the Oscar and BAFTA favourite to beat.