Olivia Colman???s performance as the unstable, self-pitying and hilariously bad-mannered Queen Anne won her Bafta award success on Sunday evening ??? one of seven awards for the 18th-century comedy The Favourite.
The film was easily the biggest winner at the glitzy Royal Albert Hall ceremony, picking up prizes including including best British film, best production design, best supporting actress, best original screenplay and best costume design.
Colman followed up her success at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice awards by being named best actress ??? a category pundits predicted would feature a close race between her and Glenn Close, nominated for The Wife.
???We are having an amazing night aren???t we???? said Colman in her speech, which met with a standing ovation. ???We are going to get so pissed later.???
It caps a stratospheric rise for the actor who early in her career struggled for parts and was best known for comedy, becoming a regular in Mitchell and Webb television and radio sketches and Peep Show. Later came career-changing dramas such as Broadchurch and The Night Manager ??? up next: the middle-aged Elizabeth in Netflix???s The Crown.
Playing a queen does not guarantee Bafta success, but it unquestionably helps. Colman follows in the footsteps of Katharine Hepburn (Eleanor of Aquitaine), Judi Dench (Elizabeth I and Victoria), Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth I) and Helen Mirren (Elizabeth II) in winning for a royal turn.
Both her co-stars, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, were nominated for best supporting actress, with Weisz winning out. Weisz paid tribute to her co-stars, saying: ???I salute you! Didn???t we have an extraordinary time. Hats off, ladies.???
It was a terrific night for The Favourite but it lost out to the widely lauded tear-jerker Roma in the best film category. Roma???s director Alfonso Cuar??n was named best director, beating Yorgos Lanthimos, Spike Lee, Bradley Cooper and Pawe?? Pawlikowski. It also won best cinematography (by Cuar??n himself) and best film not in the English language.
Cuar??n thanked Netflix for having the ???faith and courage to get behind a black-and-white film about a domestic worker, subtitled from Spanish, and bring it to audiences around the world.
???To see a film about an indigenous domestic worker embraced this way in an age when fear and anger propose to divide us means the world to me.
???Reverting back to a world of separation and isolation is not a solution to anything. It is simply an excuse to hide our fear within our basest instincts.???
If there was an underlying theme of the evening ??? apart from the odd jibe about Brexit ??? then it was diversity in the industry. Or the lack of such.