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Great Britain, star of the Oscars 2019

It’s been another remarkable year for the British film industry, reflected by the raft of nominations for UK films, actors and directors for The Oscars 2019. We are especially excited to see British actors represented including Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, Christian Bale and Richard E. Grant!

The Favourite tied with Roma for 10 leading nominations, and British talent or content is up for 23 top awards. Additionally, British projects are well represented in the Directing, Best Picture Costume Design, Production Design and Cinematography categories.

The Favourite

The magnificence of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire provided the predominant filming location for director Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama about Queen Anne in 18th-century England. Both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are nominated for best Actress in a Supporting Role, with the film itself nominated for Best Picture, Writing (Original Screenplay) and Cinematography, among others. The country house is a leading example of Jacobean architecture, while the surrounding landscape is home to two deer parks and an array of other wildlife.

Hatfield House, Gardens, Parks and Woodland Walks will be open to the public from 6 April 2019.

Hatfield House (Hatfield House Facebook)

Bohemian Rhapsody

Another nomination for Best Picture, Rami Malek’s portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury means he’s also nominated for best Actor in a Leading Role. Shot across London, notable landmarks used during filming include the Grade II listed art deco Gillette Building in Brentford and Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey. Southwark’s Union Street also doubled up as New York in the biopic, with the picturesque backdrop of the Grand Union Canal near Rickmansworth providing a further spectacular setting for a glimpse into the life of one of music’s most revered talents.

Gillette Building (Wikimedia Commons)

Mary Queen of Scots

Josie Rourke’s historical drama features an array of exciting and engrossing film locations across both England and Scotland. Nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling alongside Costume Design, the enthralling tale of Mary Queen of Scots takes in Seacliff Beach and North Beach in East Lothian, as well as Blackness Castle in Linlithgow. Derbyshire’s Hardwick Hall, Gloucester Cathedral and Penshurst Place also feature in the epic portrayal of life in Elizabethan Britain.

Blackness Castle is open all-year-round, with extended opening hours between 1 April and 30 September.

Blackness Castle, West Lothian, Scotland (Visit Britain)

Hardwick Hall is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and opens for 2019 from 27 February.

Penshurst Place and Gardens is open daily from 16-24 February, on weekends in March and then daily from 30 March to 27 October.

Gloucester Cathedral is open all-year-round.

Mary Poppins Returns

The heart of the City of London is a prominent feature as the magical nanny makes her return to the big screen. The spectacular Victoria Monument, near to Buckingham Palace, also features in the film that has been put forward for best Production Design, Music (Original Score) and Costume Design.

Queen Victoria Memorial, The Mall, London (VistBritain/Andrew Pickett)

The following list of Oscar nominations features British themes and talent, and we’re thrilled to see the UK represented on the global stage!

Best Picture

“The Favourite”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Lead Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody (American)

Lead Actress

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Supporting Actor

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting Actress

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Emma Stone, “The Favourite” (American)


Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” (Greek)

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara


“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan

Film Editing

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

Sound Editing

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst

Sound Mixing

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Production Design

“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim

Original Score

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Makeup and Hair

“Mary Queen of Scots”

Costume Design

“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

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