‘This is hilarious!’ Olivia Colman charms with Oscar speech

You really can't go wrong starting your speech with, "This is genuinely quite stressful".

She gazed at Close in the audience and said: 'You've been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be'.

"If, by the way, I forget anybody, I'm going to find you later and give you all a massive snog", she promised.

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The British star was named Best Actress, thanks to her royal role as Queen Anne in The Favourite!

Coleman dedicated the award to, "any little girl who's practicing her speech on the telly.you never know". She thanked her parents and hoped her kids were watching from home, because "this is not going to happen again".

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos film "The Favourite" launched its lead actress Olivia Colman to the highest Hollywood honor on Sunday, when she won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of 18th century England's Queen Anne. She won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her work.

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After seven nominations without a win, Close was widely expected to walk away with the best actress prize for The Wife and her gold caped gown seemed a flawless accompaniment to the gold statuette.

King thanked her mom, who was her date to the Oscars and addressed her fellow nominees, whom she called her "sisters in art".

Olivia Colman and her Indian connection. I love you all.

The award was one of many surprises on a night without a host, as Green Book, the comedy drama starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, took home Best Picture ahead of favourite Roma.

Jack Parlett also tweeted about how he will forever cherish the memory of having a drunken smoke with Colman outside of his student union and ending up at a chip van with her.

The once presumed front-runner "A Star Is Born" appeared to flame out as awards season continued, it won, as expected, for the song "Shallow", which Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed. But she is naive and easily fooled, even kept out of the loop - something that Colman portrays with astonishing might. "And I did spend a lot of time imagining this".

  • Michelle Webb