Academy Award winner Olivia Colman has received another accolade in what is turning out to be a glittering 2019. The Favourite star has received a prestigious BFI Fellowship at the annual BFI Chairman’s dinner, hosted by BFI Chair Josh Berger.
Fresh from her triumph at the Academy Awards, British actress Olivia Colman has received a prestigious BFI Fellowship at the annual BFI Chairman’s dinner.
Colman was presented the award by The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos who also oversaw her performance in The Lobster. It’s another in a long line of accolades for the actress and The Favourite including an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a BIFA.
The most recent honour for the Broadchurch and Tyrannosaur star, the BFI Fellowship, celebrates Colman’s contribution to TV and film, recognising her distinctive and prodigious acting talents.
Helena Bonham-Carter, her Broadchurch co-star David Tennant, Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Curtis were all in attendance.
“I didn’t know what to expect this evening, turns out it’s a bit like a surprise birthday party… on the back of a lovely year,” said Colman when accepting the award that has also been bestowed upon such screen icons as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, John Hurt, Hugh Grant and Cate Blanchett, and filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Stephen Frears and Steve McQueen.
On presenting Colman with a BFI Fellowship, Lanthimos said, “There isn’t an actor who can infuse each moment on-screen with such great humanity, drama and humour. No one can appear so fragile, magnetic, fierce, funny and real from one second to the next, or all at the same time.”
BFI Chair Josh Berger said, “I am thrilled the BFI has given its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, to Olivia Colman, at such an exciting point in her career. Olivia is a brilliant comic actor and one of the industry’s finest dramatic performers.
“Her ability to be relatable in such a diverse range of roles generates incredible warmth and admiration from audiences. The Favourite is firmly up there as one of the best films of recent years and showcases Olivia’s extraordinary and nuanced performance, which is fittingly being acknowledged by critics and audiences all over the world.