Olivia Colman has become the new queen of Hollywood after taking home the Best Actress award at Sunday evening’s 91st Academy Awards for her role as troubled Queen Anne in The Favourite.
The 45-year-old British actress was overjoyed as she accepted the gong, during which she reached out to little girls everywhere in an inspiring and sweet speech. She said: ‘Any little girl who’s practicing your speech on the telly, you never know! I used to work as a cleaner and I spent quite a lot of my time imagining this.’
While she grew tearful and emotional during, the overwhelmed Peep Show star was urged to wrap up her speech by Academy bosses – yet hilariously blew a raspberry and made a crass gesture at the teleprompter.
Olivia added the Oscar to her envious stream of earlier wins for her roles at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and National Society of Film Critics for the role in the period drama. An emotional Olivia thanked her agent who took her on 20 years ago, and her children – and admitted she wasn’t sure if they were watching at home.
‘My kids who are at home and watching, look!’ she exclaimed. ‘If you’re not, then, kind of well-done, but I sort of hope you are. This is not going to happen again.’
Olivia’ Full Speech
‘It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious, I’ve got an Oscar.
‘I have to thank lots of people and if I forget anybody I’ll find you later and give you a massive snog [this is a kiss, for our overseas readers].
‘Yorgos, my best director and my best film, and Emily and Rachel the two best women in the world to fall in love with – you can imagine it wasn’t a hardship.
‘To be in this category, with these extraordinary women and Glenn Close – you are my idol and this is not how I wanted it to be. I love you all.
‘Lindy King my agent who took me on 20 years ago – thank you so much.
‘My mum and my dad and my kids who are at home watching, well if you’re not then well done, but I sort of hope you are. This is not going to happen again.
‘Any little girl who’s practising their speech on the telly – you never know! I used to work as a cleaner I used to love that job.
‘Oh – ‘please wrap up’ – [she is being told to end her speech, so she then blows a raspberry].
‘Ed [her husband] you’re my best friend and best supporter and he’s going to cry. I’m not. Thank you so much.
‘To Fox, everybody the cast the crew. Thank you, argh thank you so much. Lady Gaga I love you!”