Olivia Colman is the 2019 recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite. Here is her wonderfully spontaneous, authentic and heartwarming acceptance speech in full.
Olivia Colman triumphed at the 91st Academy Awards, winning Best Actress for Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite. Her wonderfully spontaneous, heartfelt and honest speech brought chuckles and a few tears from the audience as Colman became the first British actress to win the award since Kate Winslet in 2009.
Olivia Colman’s Academy Award Best Actress Speech In Full
“It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious, I’ve got an Oscar.
“I have to thank lots of people and if I forget anybody I’ll find you later and give you a massive snog [this is a kiss, for our overseas readers].
“Yorgos, my best director and my best film, and Emily and Rachel the two best women in the world to fall in love with – you can imagine it wasn’t a hardship.
“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.
“Lindy King my agent who took me on 20 years ago – thank you so much.
“My mum and my dad and my kids who are at home watching, well if you’re not then well done, but I sort of hope you are. This is not going to happen again.
“Any little girl who’s practising their speech on the telly – you never know! I used to work as a cleaner I used to love that job.
“Oh – ‘please wrap up’ – [she is being told to end her speech, so she then blows a raspberry].
“Ed [her husband] you’re my best friend and best supporter and he’s going to cry. I’m not. Thank you so much.
“To Fox, everybody the cast the crew. Thank you, argh thank you so much. Lady Gaga I love you!”