Best Actress Oscar for 'international treasure' Olivia Colman
Her inextricable climb to status of National Treasure has been a sight to behold but now Olivia Colman is a fully-fledged Oscar-winning International Treasure.
The actress, who just a few short years ago was a likeable but little-known supporting player in Channel 4’s cult sitcom Peepshow, is now a major movie star feted by Hollywood royalty.
Along the way of course she has proved herself to be a wonderful and versatile actress with major roles in TV dramas like Broadchurch and The Night Manager and a raft of impressive film appearances.
Already much loved and admired, she acquired her new status last night as she walked away with the Best Actress Award at the 2019 Oscars leaving the audience ecstatic at her charming and funny acceptance speech. It was classic Colman.
She won the prestigious prize for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, becoming the first British woman to win Best Actress since Kate Winslet took the prize for The Reader a decade ago.
In a story that could have been part of a movie plot itself Colman’s win wrong-footed the bookies. They had expected Glenn Close to win for The Wife. And of course it turned out that Colman is a huge Glenn Close fan. Paying tribute to her fellow nominees she said: ”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.”
Colman proved a popular winner by being not only massively talented but also generous and genuine in this rarified world so often accused of being a chaotic ego-trip full of tiaras, tears and tantrums.
Just when you thought the audience couldn’t love her any more Olivia Colman played her ace, responding to a call to wrap up her speech by blowing a raspberry.
Other major awards last included Best Actor for Rami Malek for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody
And the Best Movie award for Green Book which nudged ahead of the favourite, Roma.