​Olivia Colman Wins Best Actress Accolade For The Favourite At 76th Golden Globes

British actress Olivia Colman has won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for her role as the hilarious Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite.

Accepting her award, Colman said she was determined not to cry, as her whole table would 'point and laugh at her'.

She also thanked her 'bitches', co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

Colman has already been praised across the board for her turn as the monarch in the period comedy-drama film, which is set in the early 18th Century and focuses on two women jockeying to be court favourites of Queen Anne.

The film's synopsis reads: "England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper.

"When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots.

"As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way."

Colman on the red carpet at this evening's Golden Globes. Credit: PA
Colman on the red carpet at this evening's Golden Globes. Credit: PA

Colman even put on two-and-a-half stone for the role - something that she apparently found 'liberating'.

"I much prefer these sorts of roles because there is no pressure to be something you are not, and I am obviously not glamorous," Colman told the Independent.

"For Anne, I wasn't meant to look nice or be nice, and it was liberating and brilliant," she continued.

"I find it more embarrassing to try to look good. I think I've been fortunate to be cast in these roles, because it's very difficult for young women or men who are seen in one way, and then they are not allowed to age."


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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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