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And the BAFTA for best costume goes to…The Favourite

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The BAFTAs glittered away on Sunday night, with The Favourite scooping the award for best costume.

It’s not exactly a secret Sandy Powell is a global, costume hero, but it seems she is absolutely unstoppable as she bags a shiny, new BAFTA for her sensational work.

The cast and production team will certainly be celebrating after a victorious win at the swanky event, with the successful period drama bringing home not two, not even five, but seven major awards.

Their impressive win, scored them accolades for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Outstanding British Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Hair and Make-up and Best Costume.

Superstar Sandy will have to make space on her mantlepiece for her new addition among the gongs she’s already nabbed, including her three Academy Awards.

The queen of costume design (with an OBE under her belt too a royal title seems fitting) was also nominated for her divine creations on Mary Poppins Returns.

Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns – Copyright Disney

But she beat back strong competition from Bohemian Rhapsody, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Mary Queen of Scots with her sultry designs to land the top costume design prize.

And it’s no wonder Sandy and the rest of the production crew walked away with a bag full of trophies, as Greek director and co-producer Yorgos Lanthimos made sure no production values were scrimped on.

The plot is based around two cousins battling it out to be the favoured ones in the court of Queen Anne in the early 1700s and Sandy’s bold decision to costume the cast in period monochrome is simply genius.

The Favourite. Photo: Atsushi Nishijima

Very few historically focused films are brave enough to take such a unique angle with their costume design, often opting for predictability over ‘wow factor’, but Sandy really takes this to the next level.

Her unbeatable designs have been recognised over the years, but this could well be an example of truly pioneering costume work- particularly for period films.

And with equally outstanding performances from Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone- with Coleman winning Best Actress and Weisz Best Supporting Actress- the film was always going to be a success.

Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

In fact, The Favourite was a knock out in all areas of production, smashing out competition from the likes of Fantastic Beasts, First Man, Roma and Mary Poppins again to earn itself the title of Best Production Design.

It even came up trumps in the Hair and Make-up category, taking down stiff competition from Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Queen of Scots, Vice and Stan & Ollie to snap up even more BAFTA booty.

The star-studded bash is well worth catching up on, if not just to ogle at some of the catwalk creations adorning the red carpet. There’s also a special performance from the unbelievably talented gymnasts in Cirque du Soleil, as they pay homage to Guillermo Del Toro who won Best Director with Shape of Water.

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