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The Favourite is a historical black comedy drama film based on Queen Anne, played by Olivia Coleman and her two mistresses, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
On July 9th, 2018, Fox Searchlight uploaded the Teaser Trailer for The Favourite (shown below). The trailer accumulated 2.9 million views and 7,400 likes in seven months.
On August 30th, The Favourite premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.
Many Twitter users praised the movie, On February 3rd, 2019, @meakoopa tweeted "i saw THE FAVOURITE last night and i can't even imagine how anyone dares to make a movie after seeing THE FAVOURITE without feeling like a hack piece of shit" which was retweeted 121 times and like over 1,800 times in a month (shown below).
The Favourite received 10 Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture. Actress Olivia Coleman won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. At the BAFTA Film Awards The Favourite took home six awards: Best Supporting Actress, Outstanding British Film of the Year, Best Screenplay (Original), Best Make Up/Hair, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
Fans on Twitter remained hopeful for a win at the Oscars. On February 19th, @chastaen tweeted "me: the oscars are a joke and it’s not an accurate portrait of quality filmmaking when so much it’s dependent on lobbying and uninformed opinions therefore i should not care about it
also me: the favourite for best picture or i’m dying" which received 68 retweets and 230 likes in two days (shown below).
Many opinion pieces voiced support for the film. Ruby Power wrote in ShoutOutUk that
"The film manages to convey the potential danger of any same-sex relationship at the time -- after all, homosexuality in men was punishable by death, and lesbianism was hardly accepted. Nevertheless, it does not imply that lesbianism is by nature dangerous or strange, a trap many writers fall into in assuming that lesbian love, because of its position in society, is somehow risky and subversive. "
The Favourite (2018) pic.twitter.com/94mBf3suLE— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) January 22, 2019
On February 20th, Jezebel uploaded a video calling The Favourite "Queer as hell" and a movie to be celebrated (shown below)
The Favourite But
The Favourite But refers to a Twitter parodies in which the movie is edited down to scenes in which the characters only curse, or only fall among others (shown below).
the favourite (2018) but it’s people cursing pic.twitter.com/InbwuJ2ue6— nicole (@chastaen) February 19, 2019
the favourite (2018) but its people falling pic.twitter.com/ynxRp3y4TX— • (@blackjunipero) February 17, 2019