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Olivia Colman Wins Best Actress Award At Oscars

Claire Reid

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Olivia Colman Wins Best Actress Award At Oscars

Olivia Colman has won Best Actress at tonight's Oscars.

The former Peep Show star was awarded the gong for her role in The Favourite.

Olivia Colman won the Best Actress gong at the Oscars. Credit: PA
Olivia Colman won the Best Actress gong at the Oscars. Credit: PA

The British actress faced some tough competition from Hollywood heavy-weight Glenn Close as well as Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio.

Colman previously won a Golden Globe for the role of Queen Anne in the Yorgos Lanthimos's flick.

Her acceptance speech got a load of laughs from the audience as she gushed about being in the same category as the other actresses as well as saying a little hello to her kids watching at home and even blowing a raspberry.

"It's genuinely quite stressful," she said. "This is hilarious. I got an Oscar. I have to thank lots of people. Yorgos, my best director and the best film with Emma [Stone] and Rachel [Weisz], the two loveliest women to fall in love with and go to work with every day. You can imagine it wasn't a hardship."

She added: "Glenn, you've been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be and I think you're amazing and I love you very much.

"My kids are at home watching. And if you're not then kind of well-done, but I sort of hope you are. This is not going to happen again.

"Any little girl who is practising their speech on the telly, you never know. I used to work as a cleaner, I loved that job, I used to spend quite a lot of my time practising.

"My husband Ed and best friend, I love you so much. 25 years you have been my best supporter and he is going to cry. I'm not."

The Favourite has proved to be a bit of an...erm...favourite with the Academy Award judging panel, with a total of 10 nominations, including Best Picture.

In an interview, Colman revealed that she put on two-and-a-half stone to play the role.

"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."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, Academy Award

Claire Reid
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