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Irish production The Favourite gets five Golden Globes nominations

The Favourite stars Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, and marks the third collaboration between Element Pictures and director Yorgos Lanthimos.

IRISH PRODUCTION COMPANY Element Pictures has gotten more awards season nods after the film The Favourite scooped five nominations in this year’s Golden Globes. 

The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos – a longtime collaborator with Element – was nominated for Golden Globes across five categories:

  • Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Actress nomination for Olivia Colman in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
  • Best Supporting Actress nominations for both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

This follows Golden Globe nominations for previous Element productions including The Guard, Room and The Lobster.

Ed Guiney, co-founder of Element, told “It’s great – we’re really happy. It means greater visibility for the film. It has just been released in the States and it is doing very well. As it expands and we get more of a profile and people go see it, it also gets us more visibility with the Academy [which gives out the Oscars]. It means it’s on people’s radars a bit more, which is very tangible and important for the film.”

Does he think The Favourite is – like Room – set for an Oscar nomination? “One remains optimistic, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves either,” said Guiney.

With the nomination we are certainly in what they euphemistically call ‘the conversation’ [about the Oscars]. We’ll see how we roll.

He added: “Obviously we went through a it a couple of years ago with Room, so it’s nice to be back in contention again and have another film that might get that recognition.”

Asked how The Favourite differs to Lanthimos’s previous work with Element, Guiney said: “It’s a bigger budget, it’s a period film – he didn’t write it, unlike the other movies we made. But I guess it’s designed by its authors to be a bit more accessible perhaps than his previous work and hopefully will bring his work to a wider audience. And so far that’s happening for sure, but it’s also very much a film made by him.

It’s got a very distinctive style and it’s very particular and interesting and different, and for anyone who enjoys film I think it’s something fresh and new. It’s obviously a period film partly based on real events and is also very funny, with an acid wit to it. 

The Favourite won the Grand Jury Prize and Olivia Colman won Best Actress in Venice earlier this year, and it recently won a record-breaking 10 awards at the BIFAs (British Independent Film Awards).

The Favourite stars Olivia Colman and Academy Award winners Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, and marks the third collaboration between Element Pictures and director Yorgos Lanthimos. 

The film was shot by Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan and was partly post-produced in Dublin. It will be released in Ireland in January 2019 through Fox Searchlight. It’s written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and is produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe for Element Pictures.  

Irish actress Catriona Balfe was also nominated for a Golden Globe, for her role in the TV series Outlander. 

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, commented:

I’m delighted to see, yet again, Irish excellence recognised on such a global scale – nominations for major international awards demonstrate the strength of the Irish film industry and the outstanding talent of many of our actors, writer, directors and others involved in every aspect of the industry.
This, Catriona’s fourth consecutive nomination in this category, is testament to her talent and dedication to her art. I would like to wish Catriona every success on awards’ night in the New Year.

The 76th annual Golden Globe awards will take place on 6 January 2019, and will be hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.

Here are the Golden Globes nominees for the major categories:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Black Panther
  • Blackkklansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star is Born

Best Actress (film)

  • Glenn Close – The Wife
  • Lady Gaga – A Star is BOrn
  • Nicole Kidman – Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive me? 
  • Rosamund Pike – A Private War

Best Actor (film)

  • Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
  • Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington – Blackkklansman

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice

Best Actress (Film – Musical or Comedy)

  • Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman – The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron – Tully
  • Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

Best Actor (Film – Musical or Comedy)

  • Christian Bale – Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
  • Robert Redford – The Old Man and the Gun
  • John C Reilly – Stan and Ollie

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Motion Picture (Foreign Language)

  • Capernaum (Lebanon)
  • Girl (Belgium)
  • Never Look Away (Germany)
  • Roma (Mexico)
  • Shoplifters (Japan)

Find the full list here.

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