Of all the movies to play at both the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals last week, The Favourite seems like one of biggest ones to watch out for, awards wise. With a New York Film Festival bow on the horizon, the buzz for this new Yorgos Lanthimos tale should sustain well into the fall. Voters managed to cite The Lobster a few years back (as well as Dogtooth before that in Best Foreign Language Feature), so while they stayed away from The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Favourite is about as Oscar friendly as it gets. To further the good word of mouth, a new Trailer has dropped. You’ll be able to get a glimpse at the end of the piece, in addition to some brief speculation about how well it could do with the Academy.
Once again, the film is a period piece comedy, as presumably only Lanthimos could tell. Going back to the recent NYFF Press Release, they state the following, plot wise: “In Yorgos Lanthimos’s wildly intricate and very darkly funny new film, Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and her servant Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) engage in a sexually charged fight to the death for the body and soul of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) at the height of the War of the Spanish Succession. This trio of truly brilliant performances is the dynamo that powers Lanthimos’s top-to-bottom reimagining of the costume epic, in which the visual pageantry of court life in 18th-century England becomes not just a lushly appointed backdrop but an ironically heightened counterpoint to the primal conflict unreeling behind closed doors.” Lanthimos directs a script he didn’t write, this time working from a screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. In addition to the big three of Colman, Stone, and Weisz, the cast also includes Joe Alwyn, Nicholas Hoult, and more. Robbie Ryan handles the cinematography.
Looking at this Trailer, the film seems like another Lanthimos riot. In particular, the acting and directing appear to be absolutely top notch. Colman, Stone, and Weisz are in fine form, which isn’t surprising. The same goes for Lanthimos, who looks to have taken a giant leap forward. With a vibe that recalls Barry Lyndon, but clearly with a demented twist, this has a huge amount of appeal, all over the place. Plus, as one of the first roles for Stone after winning the Oscar for Best Actress, there’s that additional curiosity factor at play. There’s a lot working in this movie’s favor.
Oscar could easily make this one of the most nominated titles at the Academy Awards. To be sure, it seems poised to heavily compete in Best Picture, Best Director (for Lanthimos), Best Actress (for Colman, Stone, and/or Weisz, depending on category placement), Best Supporting Actress (for whichever among Colman, Stone, and/or Weisz doesn’t go Lead), Best Original Screenplay (for Davis and McNamara), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Score. Look for The Favourite to literally be a favorite for voters. Double digit nominations wouldn’t be out of the question for this one.
You can see the Trailer for The Favourite next, ahead of its November 23rd release. As a title hitting screens around Thanksgiving, it’s clear that there are big awards aspirations here. Time will tell about how it goes, Oscar wise, but judging by the Telluride and Venice reception, NYFF is likely in for a treat. That screening will be in a few weeks, and I’ll have more thoughts then, but for now, we have a new Trailer to dig into and gave upon. Give the Trailer a look and sit tight for plenty more on the flick as the year progresses:
Here now is the new Trailer for The Favourite:
Stay tuned for much more on The Favourite, including its Opening Night Selection status at the upcoming New York Film Festival!