‘This is hilarious!’ Olivia Colman charms with Oscar speech


In an upset, Britain's Olivia Colman got the best actress Oscar for The Favourite, beating presumed front-runner Glenn Close, who starred in The Wife. Colman left the show after 33 episodes, after noting that she was becoming too closely associated with her character and wanted to broaden her horizons as an actress.

"Olivia's speech last night proves that being amusing doesn't mean you aren't serious about your job", she said.

This is the first win of the night for The Favourite, the extremely queer eighteenth-century story of Queen Anne (Colman) and the women vying for her attention.

Colman continued: "And any little girl who's practising their speech on the telly, you never know". She went on to thank the film's director, Yorgos Lanthimos. "This is hilarious. Got an Oscar".

But it was denied what could have been the first best picture Oscar for a streaming service. "I sort of hope you are".

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.

After Olivia Colman triumphed at the Oscars to win best actress, she's not ready to let her golden statuette out of her sight, quite literally, as she explained it'll sit between her and her husband Ed Sinclair in bed. While Colman was overjoyed with her win, she opted to honor Close in the sweetest way. 'I have to thank lots of people.

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She thanked her family and her kids, "who are at home watching".

Rami Malek was named best actor for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and planted a passionate kiss on the lips of his girlfriend and co-star Lucy Boynton before making his way to the stage.

The controversial film about a black jazz pianist and a white driver touring the segregated south was the shock victor of the best picture prize, and also scored gongs for its screenplay and for best supporting actor Mahershala Ali.

"I used to work as a cleaner and I loved that job. I think you're awesome and I love you very much". "I've worked hard for a long time, and it's not about winning".

Both Stone and Weisz were nominated for their supporting actress roles but lost out to Regina King for her part in "If Beale Street Could Talk".

Nominated in eight categories and the second most honoured film, it was only awarded one prize, for make-up and hair styling.