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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The following list of Oscar nominations features British themes and talent, and we’re thrilled to see the UK represented on the global stage!
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody (American)
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite” (American)
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” (Greek)
“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
Makeup and Hair
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne