Is the Favourite historically accurate?

Culture The Guardian

The once stuffy genre has been given a reboot, with emotional truth as important as historical fidelity Modern Toss on period dramas As Oscar season hots up, the frontrunner in several categories is The Favourite , Yorgos Lanthimos’s marvellously mad film about jostling for power in Queen Anne’s court. The film’s success represents Olivia Colman’s elevation to the highest echelons of the movie hierarchy, but if it wins big on 24 February it will also mean a return to favour for a genre largely ignored by the Academy in recent years: the period drama. Back in the olden days – say, the …

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