Olivia Colman was one of several surprise winners at last night’s Academy Awards, and her memorable acceptance speech became a major talking point.
Though the British actress had already won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite, Glenn Close (The Wife) had been the bookmakers’ pick to take home the Oscar for Best Actress over a field that also included Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), and Yalitza Aparicio (Roma).
Thanking The Favourite‘s director Yorgos Lanthimos and her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, a clearly shocked Colman told the audience: “It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I got an Oscar! Okay, I have to thank lots of people. If, by the way, I forget anybody, I’m going to find you later and give you all a massive snog. Yorgos – my best director and the best film and with Emma and Rachel, the two loveliest women in the world to fall in love with and to go to work with every day. You can imagine this wasn’t a hardship.”
She also gave a sweet shout-out to her children, saying: “My kids, who are at home and watching. Well, if you’re not, then kind of well done but I sort of hope you are; this is not going to happen again!”
Watch her full speech below.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 25, 2019
On Twitter, Colman’s endearingly unpolished speech won a lot of praise, especially for her very British reaction of “blowing a raspberry.”
Olivia Colman blowing a raspberry after being prompted to wrap up her speech was purely natural and British, genuinely shocked too at her win. Bless her. #Oscars
— Paul Draper (@PaulDraper84) February 25, 2019
Olivia Colman apologising profusely in her Oscars acceptance speech and then blowing a raspberry when told to hurry up is the most British thing ever and we should all treasure it as the moment of historic significance that it is #Oscars
— Susie Beever (@SusieMayJourno) February 25, 2019
Well…. Olivia Colman. Congrats on the best Oscar acceptance speech ever
— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) February 25, 2019
'This is hilarious.' What a charming and funny #Oscars speech by Olivia Colman, who clearly didn't think she was going to win.
— Lisa Fung (@lfung) February 25, 2019
Colman’s victory was The Favourite‘s sole win from 10 nominations. Green Book unexpectedly took home Best Picture over pre-ceremony favorite Roma, and its star Mahershala Ali was named Best Supporting Actor. If Beale Street Could Talk‘s Regina King won Best Supporting Actress and Roma‘s Alfonso Cuarón was named Best Director.
Bohemian Rhapsody won four awards, one more than Roma, including Best Actor for Rami Malek‘s performance as the late Freddie Mercury.
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