It was a big morning for the period drama "The Favourite." The film earned five nominations, second only to "Vice," including best picture, comedy or musical as well as three acting nods, for star Olivia Colman in the lead actress category, as well as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. The latter two will go up against each other in the supporting actress category. Weisz, a Golden Globe winner for "The Constant Gardener," picked up the phone to talk about the film and her nomination.
Q: Hi, Rachel, it's Mark Olsen with the Los Angeles Times.
A: Hi. It's Rachel, from London.
Q: Where are you right now?
A: I'm in New York. But I'm from London.
Q: Congratulations on both your nomination and all the nominations for the movie. It must be a very exciting morning for you.
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A: It is. It's really wonderful and it's such a wonderful film to have been a part of and made and got to know Olivia and Emma and work with Yorgos (Lanthimos) again. The whole process was incredible and the fact that it's being loved in this way is really a lovely thing. We loved making it and it's thrilling that people are celebrating it.
Q: Why do you think the movie is catching on like it is? Not just with critics but with audiences too.
A: Gosh, I would not be the right person to ask in general why people like things. I don't have a sense of what's commercial, I have a sense of what I love. And what I love about it is that it's a love story, it's a comedy, it can be absurd, it can be ridiculous, it's a political thriller, it's a tale of revenge. Maybe that's what makes it commercial, that it's so exciting; it's got exciting, thrilling elements to it. It's a great story, it's brilliantly directed, its original, it's a bit different. I don't know. I love it. It's one of the best scripts I've ever read and Yorgos is an incredible director.
Q: The trio of you, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone are so terrific onscreen. The chemistry between the three of you, was that apparent right away?