‘The Favourite’ rules BAFTAs with most wins, ‘Roma’ takes top prize

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British actress Olivia Colman poses with the award for a Leading Actress for her work on the film 'The Favourite' at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019. (AFP / Ben Stansall)
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Director Alfonso Cuaron poses with his daughter Tess Bu Cuaron for photographers backstage with his Best Film and Best Director award for his film 'Roma' at the BAFTA awards in London on Feb. 10, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Updated 11 February 2019

‘The Favourite’ rules BAFTAs with most wins, ‘Roma’ takes top prize

  • Rami Malek took the Leading Actor prize for his portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody"
  • British actress Olivia Colman, who portrays Queen Anne in “The Favourite”, won the Leading Actress category

LONDON: Netflix black and white film “Roma” picked up the top prize at the BAFTAs on Sunday, scooping Best Film as well as Director, while costume romp “The Favourite” took the most honors at the British awards ceremony.
Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical film, about a domestic worker in 1970s Mexico, has won a string of prizes this awards season, further cementing its path to potential Oscar success.
On Sunday, the critically-acclaimed movie had four wins, including Cinematography and Film Not In The English Language.
“I am seriously touched this film has been received the way it has been received,” Cuaron said in his acceptance speech for the top director prize.
Period drama “The Favourite,” in which Olivia Colman stars as Britain’s 18th century Queen Anne, won seven BAFTAs, including Outstanding British film, Original Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up and Hair.
Colman, who portrays the monarch as frail and tempestuous, won the Leading Actress category, a victory that had been expected by many. Her co-star Rachel Weisz scooped the Supporting Actress prize, an award for which fellow “The Favourite” star Emma Stone was also nominated.
“We’re having an amazing night aren’t we,” Colman told her fellow “The Favourite” nominees as she picked up the award.
“This is for a lead. As far as I’m concerned, all three of us are the same and should be the lead. This is for all three of us. It’s got my name on it, but we can scratch in some other names.”
Rami Malek took the Leading Actor prize for his portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” adding to his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award wins for the role. The film also won the Sound prize.
The BAFTAs, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, drew Hollywood stars including “A Star Is Born” actor and director Bradley Cooper and “Mary Queen of Scots” nominee Margot Robbie, walking a chilly red carpet.
Cooper picked up the Original Music prize for “A Star Is Born,” while Adapted Screenplay went to Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”
Mahershala Ali took the Supporting Actor prize for his role in “Green Book,” set in the segregated US South in the early 1960s.

‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

Updated 19 April 2019

‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna

JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.

“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya. 

Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality, archival documents and images, and video testimonials from inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they were in their prime. 

It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for their restoration and repair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s global tour. 

The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh. 

“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation, particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some of our historic sites. 

“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of action, investment, and policy.

“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”

The exhibition carries a significant message about the importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, went up in flames.