The Favourite wins best film BAFTA

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Tragicomic royal drama The Favourite has been crowned the year's best UK film at the British Academy Film awards, in front of an audience studded with Hollywood stars and British royalty.

Yorgos Lanthimos' period drama has a total of 12 nominations for the UK equivalent of the Oscars.

Star Olivia Colman has already won a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite and is favoured to take the best actress prize

The 18th-century queen's distant relative, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge joined Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Timothee Chalamet and other stars for a black-tie ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.

Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley was the gently risque host.

The Favourite lived up to its title, snapping up both the outstanding British film trophy and a second prize for its opulent production design early in the ceremony.

Winners Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton dedicated the award to "every woman and working mother who keeps it together and makes it happen".

Other front-runners for the prizes include the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, lunar drama First Man, autobiographical Mexican story Roma and musical melodrama A Star Is Born.

Each film has seven nominations.

Australian Margot Robbie has been nominated for best supporting actress for Mary Queen of Scotts.

The awards, known as BAFTAs , will be scoured for clues to who might triumph at Hollywood's Academy Awards on February 24, in what's shaping up as an unpredictable awards season.

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