Olivia Colman wins Best Actress for The Favourite on night of surprises at Oscars 2 years ago

Olivia Colman wins Best Actress for The Favourite on night of surprises at Oscars

The English actress was a popular choice for Best Actress

Olivia Colman, the actress best known for her role as Sophie in British comedy Peep Show, won the Academy Award for Best Actress on a night of surprises at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


Colman won out over heavy favourite Glenn Close for her role in the dark comedy The Favourite - in which she portrayed Queen Anne, engaged in something of a love triangle with supporting characters played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.

Visibly shocked when her name was called out, Colman's speech was almost as entertaining as her performance in Yorgos Lanthimos' film.

"It’s genuinely quite stressful," she said as she reached the stage. "This is hilarious – I’ve won an Oscar!"

She then thanked Lady Gaga, who was applauding her from the front row, before also thanking her co-stars Weisz and Stone, whom she described as "the two loveliest women in the world to go to work with".

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.

The film, directed by Peter Farrelly and said to be based on a true story, has faced criticism since its release over the veracity of its story and the manner in which it handles issues of race.


The family of Dr. Don Shirley, the musician portrayed by Mahershala Ali in a Best Supporting Actor performance, have described the film as a "symphony of lies".

Rami Malek took home the Best Actor award for his role as Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, while Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for Roma.

Below is a list of all winners on the night.

Documentary (Feature) — Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Free Solo

Actress in a Supporting Role — Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk


Makeup and Hairstyling — Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney, Vice

Costume Design — Ruth E. Carter, Black Panther

Production Design — Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart, Black Panther

Cinematography — Alfonso Cuarón, Roma


Sound Editing — John Warhurst, Bohemian Rhapsody

Sound Mixing — Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, and John Casali, Bohemian Rhapsody

Foreign Language Film — Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Film Editing — John Ottman, Bohemian Rhapsody


Actor in a Supporting Role — Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Animated Feature Film — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short Film — Domee Shi, Bao

Documentary Short Subject — Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton, Period. End of Sentence.

Visual Effects — Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and JD Schwalm, First Man

Live Action Short Film — Guy Nattiv and Jamie Ray Newman, Skin

Best Original Screenplay — Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Best Adapted Screenplay — Spike Lee, Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, BlacKkKlansman

Original Score — Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther

Original Song — Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt, Shallow, A Star Is Born

Best Actor in a Leading Role — Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress in a Leading Role — Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Best Director — Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Best Picture — Green Book