Olivia Colman's Oscar Acceptance Speech is One for the Ages

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.


On Twitter, Colman's endearingly unpolished speech won a lot of praise, especially for her very British reaction of "blowing a raspberry."





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.

Check out our round-up of Colman's most memorable roles over the years. The BBC has a full list of this year's Oscar winners.

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