Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Olivia Colman Wins Best Actress at Oscars 2019!

Olivia Colman Wins Best Actress at Oscars 2019!

Olivia Colman already has a glittering acting career to her name - but to many, she will forever be Sophie Chapman from cult British comedy Peep Show. If, by the way, I forget anybody, I'm going to find you later and give you all a massive snog.

If you've been paying attention to our Oscars coverage (which you totally should have been), you'll know that we've been Team Glenn Close for the Oscar since the beginning. "And this is not how I wanted this to be", she joked, to Close's delight.

While you may have been hoping for a dramatic rant about her lifelong dedication to the field, Close understands that the work is not about the award; it's about the art.

Colman was up against four other women in the category: Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Olivia Colman has won Best Actress at tonight's Oscars.

"My husband, Ed, my best friend, I love you so much". I'm not. Thank you so much.

"If you are at home sitting on your couch and watching this now, all I can say is this is hard work". Close tied with Lady Gaga at the Critics' Choice Awards for Best Actress, so it seemed like a lock that one of the two would emerge victorious. "What it's about is not giving up. And I did spend a lot of time imagining this". This is not about winning, what it's about is not giving up.

Olivia also mentioned her two children.

History was made earlier in the night when Ruth Carter became the first black victor to collect the best costume design prize, while Hannah Beachler became the first black victor of the production design gong, both for their work on Black Panther. If Beale Street Could Talk's Regina King won Best Supporting Actress and Roma's Alfonso Cuarón was named Best Director.

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