Olivia Colman received a standing ovation as she collected the award for Best Actress at the 2019 Oscars, calling her victory “hilarious”.
The star won the award for her role of Queen Anne in The Favourite, beating Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Melissa McCarthy, and Yalitza Aparicio to the golden statuette.
“It’s genuinely quite stressful,” Colman said as she got on stage. “This is hilarious.” She went on to thank the cast and crew of the film, singling out director Yorgos Lanthimos and co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. She described the latter two as “the two loveliest women in the world to fall in love with and to go to work with every day. I mean, you can imagine – it wasn’t a hardship.”
Olivia Colman gives an acceptance speech by turns heartfelt, hysterical, genuine, and inspiring.
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The actor also told Close she had “been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”
She addressed her children, who she said she hoped were watching at home. “If you’re not then, well, kind of well done but I sort of hope you are,” she said. “This is not gonna happen again.”
Colman also recalled her time as a cleaner where she spent “a lot of my time imagining”, and said: “Any little girl who’s practicing their speech on the telly – you never know!” Watch her speech in full above.
Meanwhile, the first image of Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in season 3 of The Crown was released last year. The actor will join the cast of the hit Netflix series, taking over from Claire Foy in the role of the British monarch.