Olivia Colman has won the Best Actress Oscar for ‘The Favourite’

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In somewhat of an upset, Olivia Colman has won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the ruthless and idiotic Queen Anne in The Favourite. Glenn Close was widely expected to win for The Wife, but Colman won the BAFTA and The Golden Globe for this role.

Colman was crying as she thanked her director. She also thanked her costars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. She called Glenn Close her idol and told her “this was not how I wanted it to be.” She thanked her agent, her mom and dad and her kids. She joked that this wouldn’t happen again! She said she used to work as a cleaner and would imagine this moment when she was working. It was so cute. Plus she thanked her husband of 25 years.

Colman has been a delight to watch this awards seasons, I loved her in this film and am so happy for her.

Kaiser and I give our reviews of The Favourite in our Gossip with Celebitchy Podcast, out tomorrow! This was a crazy movie and a lot of fun and we highly recommend it.

Update by Kaiser: Olivia’s speech was so charming!

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  1. Coco says:

    I loved The Favourite and Colman! Thrilled she won though I wasn’t expecting it at all. Bummed for Glenn Close, she was excellent as well.

    • Bella Bella says:

      I felt so badly for Glenn Close. What are the chances of her getting as meaty a part as that in The Wife? She was fantastic in that role. I was so hoping she would win also because I loved the movie because I loved loved loved the book by Meg Wolitzer that it is based on when I read it 15-odd years ago!! It’s a fantastic book, I highly recommend it. So sad for Glenn.

    • ds says:

      I’m bummed for Close too but to be fair I love, love, love Olivia Coleman and am glad she got her Award. They’re both great actresses and charming women.

    • fishface says:

      She is wonderful – if you ever get the chance to see her performance in the spoof of the 2012 Olympics (the series is called 2012) – grab it. She is so subtle but totally brilliant in her role. Love her but do NOT love whoever has been styling her for the awards season. Every frock I have seen her in has been ill-fitting, dowdy and in the case of the Oscars, just bloody awful. She has such a lovely face and smile…why was she put in such terrible things?

    • maria s says:

      I loved The Favourite, too. It made me laugh. I loved Colman and Rachel Weisz was great in it.

  2. Patty says:

    Love her!

  3. minx says:

    Congrats to her, she is fabulous.

  4. broodytrudy says:

    This was such a bizarre moment. I went, “OH SHIT” super loudly. How wonderful of her to be nominated. Hopefully Glenn gets hers soon.

  5. Steff says:

    Glenn Close seemed like a lock. I’m happy for Olivia, but really… what happened there? Same with Rami.

  6. Becks1 says:

    I loved Olivia Coleman as Queen Anne. Favourite as a movie was hard for me, because I loved each individual scene Well shot, well acted, costumes etc all on point. I just felt that it dragged. I mean after 30 minutes I started checking every 10 minutes to see when it would end. And its 2 hours long! Thats a lot of checking.

    But like I said…..I thought OC was amazing in it, so its not her fault it was too long.

    • kim says:

      there was something off about the movie for me. I enjoyed each actress in their scenes, because i generally like them, but felt a disconnect as a whole in the production. The blocking and fish eye was off putting. For me it was a miss, even though I like each actress, and you are right, the 2 hour range was ridiculous for this project.

      This movie was over hyped and didn’t deliver.

  7. Tai says:

    Olivia is so adorable. What a great speech.

  8. Skwinkee says:

    This was the most british speech ever.

    I. Am. Here. For. It.

    I’m so pleased. Mostly because Gaga didn’t win, but Olivia is a fine actress!!

  9. minx says:

    Ugh, Julia Roberts again?

    • minx says:

      Green Book, WTF?

    • DiegoInSF says:

      I know, as insufferable as ever! Making it all about her!

      • Kebbie says:

        What was with how she closed the show? “Apparently, that wraps up the 91st annual Academy Awards.”

        Lol did she not know the camera was coming back to her? Did she think there were more categories? Or does she just not know how to use the word apparently?

        She didn’t look thrilled about Green Book though, so I’ll give her that.

      • Bella Bella says:

        @Kebbie, At least she didn’t say, “I love my life!!”

  10. Cindy says:

    I lived! The Oscars are so predictable, we need upsets like this to keep it exciting. Plus, she deserved it. She was sublime. Glenn will be fine, Oscar or not she’ll always be a very respected actress.

    Honestly, these were the best Oscars Ive seen on a looooong time!

    *Ewwww Green Book just won BP. Ugh. Gross.

  11. JinnyBye says:

    I’m so glad. She was incredible in The Favorite.

    I love Glenn Close and she put in a far better performance than The Wife deserved, but if she’d won it would have been one of those ‘they’re due a win’ wins, and that really needs to end. A big part of the reason so many Oscar wins don’t age well is because they keep handing out awards to people for past work, not current work. If they want to be relevant they have to stop that cycle, even if it means some deserving people never get an Oscar.

    • me46 says:

      I agree there’s no way Al Pacino in Scent of A Woman should have beaten Denzel Washington in Malcolm X.

  12. Steff says:

    Green Book won BP. My jaw is a gape.

  13. Lena says:

    Dammit. I was hoping Glenn close. And green book! I guess I should have seen it but I didn’t think it had a chance. The director didn’t even get nominated. (I know I know Argo blah blah)

  14. JaneEyreApparent says:

    I probably scared the neighbors, I cheered so loud. I’ve loved her forever and I’m so glad she’s getting recognition. Also, the best speech of the night!

  15. Veronica S. says:

    That was a tough one because both women are deserving. I’m sad for Glenn, happy for Olivia, and hope both go on to glorious films.

  16. Gabriella says:

    The lady from Peep Show has on Oscar!

  17. Lucy says:

    Adorable! This made me so happy for her. It was obvious she wasn’t expecting it at all.

  18. Rosalee says:

    Olivia Coleman is incredibly talented, I would watch her do her laundry. I adored her character in Hot Fuzz, fell in love with her in Broadchurch. I watched The Night Manager because she was cast as a pregnant investigator so I knew it would be interesting and it was. I watched the Favorite loved the performances from all three lead actresses but once again Coleman was the one you couldn’t take your eyes off. Her Oscar acceptance speech was both touching and hysterically funny. Glen Close is simply sublime one of my favorite actresses..if only there could have been a tie.

    • Larissa says:

      I love Olivia too, might have been Green Wing that I first noticed her in, she’s a true British institution….utterly brilliant in Broadchurch.

    • manda says:

      She is HILARIOUS as a marriage counselor in I Give it a Year.

    • tealily says:

      She is so fantastic! I first remember seeing her in Peep Show years ago. I can’t believe she’s made it to this level. I’m just so proud of her!

  19. Kebbie says:

    I think just based on the performances this year, Olivia deserved it. Melissa McCarthy was also fantastic. But my heart breaks for Glenn Close, she should have multiple wins at this point.

    • minx says:

      I loved all the women nominated, every one. Colman deserved it, no question, but it’s too bad about Glenn Close.

    • Eve says:

      @ Kebbie:

      Right there with you.

      It still boggles my mind she lost for her magnificent performance in Dangerous Liaisons (to Jodie Foster, which makes me angrier).

  20. Lightpurple says:

    I hope Melissa McCarthy gives Olivia the bunny puppet.

  21. Bubble bee says:

    I really love Olivia Coleman’s versatility and I hope to see more of her in future projects

  22. Shelly Sjobeck says:

    Glenn Close deserved to win. So bummed. What a horrible acceptance speech by Olivia. Not going to watch the Oscars again. So disappointing. Ugh.

  23. virginfangirls says:

    After the speech, I officially love Colman. So genuine. Seems like a fun person too.

  24. Digital Unicorn says:

    So glad Coleman won, bummed for Close but glad Gaga didn’t win it as she would have been insufferable if she had.

    Green Book winning was a shocker although am glad Ali won his Oscar.

    What is it going to take to give Spike Lee an Oscar!!!!!!

  25. Charfromdarock says:

    I love Olivia Coleman and I loved her speech.

  26. benda says:

    Have been a huge fan of Olivia for many years. Drama or comedy, frump or glam, the divine Ms Coleman pulls off all roles with an enviable ease. I too thought this year Glenn Close would finally be rewarded for a stellar career…. never a great fan of the Big Chill but thought her performance in both Dangerous Liaisons and Albert Nobbs outstanding. But I guess if anyone actress was worthy of ousting Glenn from this years Oscar, Olivia was the worthy candidate. And probably the shock result until Green Book was given the best Picture nod. Hmmmm , didn’t see that happening.!

  27. Kristen says:

    My husband and I just finished watching The Night Manager and she was SO. GOOD. in it. Hands down, best part of the show, best character. So talented and I am so happy for her.

  28. Lizzie says:

    The Favourite was an extremely odd (and good) movie but it had a very traditional marketing campaign. I’m sure lots of people saw it thinking it was one thing and were deeply confused when they left the theater. Olivia Coleman deserved all of her accolades. A different actress might have gone too far over the top but she tempered every wild scene with an equally quiet and heartbreaking one. Had she not been the anchor – the acting of everyone chewing up the scenery around her would have seemed out of place. I obviously also give credit to the director for making those choices with her but she was just phenomenal.

    I hadn’t heard of the wife until Glenn Close was already nominated for awards. I think whoever distributed the movie actually did Close a disservice. They should have been pumping that movie harder.

  29. Yes Doubtful says:

    I’ve never heard of her, but what a cute speech!

  30. Lulubelle says:

    Olivia Colman is a goddess. She is such a phenomenal talent and person. I have followed her career from her early days and have been charmed by her from the start. She is so humble and I love how she has consistently called out her fellow actors and nominees. I have no right to be, but I am so proud of her!!