Olivia Colman wins Best Actress Award at Oscars

Posted February 26, 2019

Colman, who won for her portrayal of Britain's Queen Anne in the movie "The Favourite", appeared stunned - and, to be fair, most viewers were too - when her name was read out by fellow actress Frances McDormand.

Colman's victory was a huge surprise.

Turns out Olivia Colman, not Glenn Close, was "The Favourite" at the Oscars. Colman, however, did bring back the only trophy for the film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Colman said in her speech, "This is hilarious!"

This was Olivia's first Oscar nomination and her first win.

Colman also recognized Close. "I did spend quite a lot of time imagining this".

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Continuing the theme of being down-to-earth and a bundle of fun, Debbie Wythe recalled the moment she ate jerk chicken with Colman in a Brixton pub.

Winning the award would "mean a great deal", she went on. She called out her husband for crying. "Lady Gaga I love you!"

Coleman dedicated the award to, "any little girl who's practicing her speech on the telly.you never know".

Additional charity work Colman has worked on includes Alzheimer's Society and Anthony Nolan, a blood cancer charity, which she became Patron of in 2018.

And he said of being at the ceremony: "It was absolutely brilliant".

Earlier in the night, some viewers pointed out Close came dressed like the golden statuette itself - a sign she was ready to take the stage.

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She thanked her family and her kids, "who are at home watching". Many in the audience were moved to tears. However, she returned as a guest for the ninth and final season.

Watch a short clip of her acceptance speech above. Thank you, argh thank you so much.

The other nominees for best actress were Yalitza Aparicio for "Roma", Lady Gaga for "A Star is Born" and Melissa McCarthy of "Can You Ever Forgive Me?".

In a year where Hollywood could have made history by bestowing best-picture on Netflix ("Roma") or Marvel ("Black Panther") for the first time, the motion picture academy instead threw its fullest support behind a traditional interracial buddy tale that proved as popular as it was divisive.

"Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design we turned him into an African king", Carter added. "Thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen".

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