Olivia Colman won Best Actress during Sunday’s Academy Awards for her performance as Queen Ann in “The Favourite”, and was visibly stunned as she took to the stage to accept the award.
The win was a major upset over Glenn Close, who was nominated for her role in “The Wife”.
“It’s genuinely quite stressful,” Colman said of winning as she cried. “This is hilarious.”
She also acknowledged Close.
“Glenn, you’ve been my idol for so long, this is not how I wanted it to be,” she said as Close graciously smiled in the audience.
Colman, of course, thanked her “Favourite” co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, with Stone in tears when the camera panned to her in the audience. In another touching moment towards the end of her speech, a clearly overwhelmed Colman appeared to be at a lost for words and thanked fellow nominee Lady Gaga.
The prize was presented by last year’s winner in this category, Frances McDormand, and last year’s Best Supporting Actor, Sam Rockwell. This year’s nominees also included Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”).
“The Favourite” was tied for most-nominated film of the year, with 10 nominations in total, including Best Picture, Colman’s first-ever Oscar nomination and Best Supporting Actress nominations for her co-stars and “her b**ches,” Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
Colman previously won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, the BAFTA Award and, with Stone and Weisz, the Best Ensemble Performance at the Gotham Awards. She will next be seen playing another queen, Queen Elizabeth, in the upcoming season of “The Crown”. Watch out, Emmys.
The sentiment was shared on Twitter, by people shocked Close didn’t win yet again.