Olivia Colman Honors Glenn Close in the Sweetest Way

It was the win heard ‘round the world. For days leading up to the Oscars, the world simply assumed that Glenn Close would finally take home the Best Leading Actress trophy. Not only was Close’s portrayal of Joan Castleman in The Wife inspired, but the famed star had been nominated a record six times before for an Oscar, but never brought home the trophy.

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Best Actress winner for “The Favourite” Olivia Colman
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Close was assumed to be a shoo-in. Even Vegas had their money riding on her win, according to Forbes.  But, the Oscars wouldn’t be the Oscars without a couple of surprises thrown into the mix. The biggest shock of the evening was Olivia Colman running away with the Best Leading Actress award, beating out stiff competition that included Close as well as Melissa McCarthy. While Colman was overjoyed with her win, she opted to honor Close in the sweetest way.

Olivia Colman’s Oscar speech

The Oscars, which went on without a host for just the second time in the event’s history, carried on reasonably seamlessly.  Awards were handed out, speeches were made, and songs were performed. It seemed like the same routine, until the Best Leading Actress category was announced. With Olivia Colman winning for The Favourite, the young actress had a choice to make, and she decided to honor a Hollywood legend in her speech.

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According to Hello!, the British actress started her speech by thanking her castmates and director. She noted that she enjoyed going to work every day and truly fell in love with the project. In the middle of thank yous, however, she paused to address Glenn Close directly. She said, “Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long, and this is not how I wanted it to be and think you’re amazing and I love you very much. I love you all.”

Close, for her part, merely shook her head and laughed. Many believe Close was acknowledging Colman’s speech, but essentially telling the star, she deserved this moment in the sun. While Close gave an extraordinary performance in The Wife, the film was not the runaway hit that The Favourite turned out to be.

The Favourite was nominated for 10 Oscars

While Colman took home the leading actress award, she was not the only nominee from the cast. Colman, however, did bring back the only trophy for the film at the 91st Academy Awards. The Favourite was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Costume design, among other categories.

The film lost out to Green Book for Best Picture and to Roma for Best Director.  Regina King took home the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her work in If Beale Street Could Talk. The Favourite was also nominated in several technical categories but failed to garner a win.

What is Olivia Colman’s next project?

While Colman is taking the time to savor her win, she won’t be sitting around for long. After wrapping on The Favourite, Colman took another royal role. She is currently playing Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix Original, The Crown. She will be working on the project through 2020, according to IMDB.

She will also be taking to the small screen in 2019 to portray Madame Thanardier in the Les Miserables mini-series. While Colman’s Oscar win was big, it’s likely not the last we will be hearing from the Norwich-born Actress.