Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in The Favourite.

Three actresses in excellent form—Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and newly christened Oscar-winner Olivia Colman—bring the thunder in The Favourite, a funny, sinister look at Queen Anne and her confidantes in the early 18th century.

Early talk had Stone or Weisz getting Oscars for their roles—they were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress—but as awards season played out, Colman got more accolades, culminating with her surprise Oscar win. Her performance in this movie is vulnerable, hilarious and even a little scary at times.

As for Stone and Weisz, they were deserving of their nominations, and they are equally fantastic. It’s a period piece with a rapier wit, and one of 2018’s funniest, best-looking movies. Nicholas Hoult also contributes career-best work as Harley, a devious politician rocking a huge powder wig.

It’s a period piece that is anything but stuffy, and while I was saddened to see Lady Gaga lose that Best Actress Oscar, Colman is a fine choice. Actually, it’s good that she won—because more people will take some time to watch this fine movie.

The Favourite is now playing at Mary Pickford is D’Place (36850 Pickfair St., Cathedral City; 760-328-7100); the Regal Palm Springs Stadium 9 (789 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs; 844-462-7342) and the Palm Desert 10 Cinemas (72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert; 760-340-0033). It is also available via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.