Irish co-production The Favourite from Dublin company Element Pictures was the big winner at the BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday night, winning in seven categories, including Outstanding British Film, Best Actress for Olivia Colman and Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz.

The Favourite - an Ireland-UK-US co-production - was nominated in 12 categories ahead of Sunday night's awards at the Royal Albert Hall. The black comedy also won Best Original Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair, but lost out to Roma for the overall Best Film award.

There was disappointment for The Favourite's Irish cinematographer, Robbie Ryan, who saw the Best Cinematography award go to Roma director Alfonso Cuarón.

The Mexican filmmaker was also the winner of Best Film, Director and Foreign Language Film for his semi-autobiographical drama about life in Mexico in the 1970s.

Accepting the Outstanding British Film award, The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos said, "It's a great honour... this film took 20 years to make - I contributed to the last 10."

He paid tribute to his three stars, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, saying: "Of course the three leading ladies that I couldn't be more proud of."

The Favourite ties with Roma for the most nominations at the upcoming Oscars, which take place on February 24.

The award for Best Actor went to Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The film also won Best Sound on the night.

Accepting his award, Malek said he had been given a "gorgeous gift".

"It's quite difficult entering your world in this role as an outsider, you Brits do it so well and it's not lost on me how sacred your musical heritage is," he continued. "Thank you, thank you, thank you for including me."

He added: "Thank you so very much to Queen, the entire Queen family - I wouldn't be here without you. And to the greatest outsider of them all, for being so unwavering and unflinching and uncompromising in every which way, thank you Freddie Mercury again." 

Rami Malek - Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody

Malek had thanked Dexter Fletcher, who was brought in to finish Bohemian Rhapsody, but not the film's named director Bryan Singer, who was fired from the project. Days before the ceremony, BAFTA suspended Singer's award nomination in the Outstanding British Film category in the wake of sexual assault allegations, which the director has denied.

The award for Best Supporting Actor went to Green Book star Mahershala Ali, while Black Panther's Letitia Wright won the Rising Star award. 

Host Joanna Lumley told the audience that she was thrilled to be back as presenter, and referenced the Oscars not having a host this year.

She joked that her keeping the role was mostly down to her "not having a Twitter account".

Take a look at a red carpet gallery from the BAFTA awards here

The Winners:

Best Film

Yalitza Aparicio in Roma

Best Director
Roma - Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón and Yalitza Aparicio on the set of Roma

Outstanding British Film
The Favourite

Olivia Colman (back to camera), Emma Stone and director Yorgos Lanthimos on the set of The Favourite

Best Film Not in the English Language


Best Actress
Olivia Colman - The Favourite

Best Actor
Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Weisz - The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali - Green Book

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in Green Book

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Beast - Michael Pearce (writer/director), Lauren Dark (producer)

Irish star Jessie Buckley and co-star Johnny Flynn in Beast

Best Documentary
Free Solo

Free Solo

Best Animated Film
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Letitia Wright

Letitia Wright (right) with Chadwick Boseman (centre)  and Lupita Nyong'o in Black Panther

Best Original Screenplay
The Favourite - Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Nicholas Hoult in The Favourite

Best Adapted Screenplay
BlacKkKlansman - Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott

Director Spike Lee on the set of BlacKkKlansman with star John David Washington

Best Original Music
A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born

Best Cinematography


Best Production Design
The Favourite

Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in The Favourite

Best Costume Design
The Favourite

Emma Stone in The Favourite

Best Sound
Bohemian Rhapsody

Live Aid in Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Editing

Christian Bale in Vice

Best Special Visual Effects
Black Panther 

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Best Make Up & Hair
The Favourite

Rachel Weisz in The Favourite

Best British Short Animation

Best British Short Film
73 Cows

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen

BAFTA Fellowship
Thelma Schoonmaker