Olivia Colman took home the Academy Award for Best Actress at Sunday night’s Oscars for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

The 44-year-old British actress — who also won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy — was one of the biggest upsets of the evening, as Glenn Close was considered by many pundits as the front-runner to win for her role in The Wife and thus break her streak of seven nominations without a victory.

Colman seemed utterly shocked after beating out Close, Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Yalitza Aparicio (Roma).

Colman’s Favourite co-star and Oscar winner Emma Stone — who was nominated for her supporting role in Yorgos Lanthimos‘s darkly comic period piece — was among those most visibly ecstatic with Colman’s win, as she hugged and kissed her co-star with delight.

After receiving the Oscar from two of last year’s acting winners, Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand, Colman profusely thanked Lanthimos, as well as Stone and Rachel Weisz, whom she called “the two loveliest women in the world to fall in love with.”

Colman’s acceptance did not seem to have any rhyme or reason to it. She made the crowd of stars roar with laughter several times with her wit as she thanked her family and friends, and even Gaga and Close, the latter of whom she called her “idol.”


“Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long, and this is not how I wanted it to be,” Colman said emotionally, as Close simply laughed and waved to the English actress. “I think you’re amazing and I love you very much.”

Colman’s message to her children was also adorable and funny.

“My kids, if you’re home and watching — well, if not, well done,” she said. “But I sort of hope you are, this is not going to happen again.”

Meanwhile, Rami Malek won Best Actor for portraying Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.


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