An Endearingly Flustered Olivia Colman Dedicates Her Oscar Win to Aspiring Young Actors
If Olivia Colman hasn't already won your heart with her incredible talent and earnest wit, her adorable speech at the Academy Awards is sure to do the trick. On Sunday, the 45-year-old actress was visibly stunned as she took home the Oscar for best actress for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite. "It's genuinely quite stressful," she laughingly admitted. "This is hilarious... I got an Oscar!"
Colman went on to thank the film's director, Yorgos Lanthimos, along with her castmates and her agent. Possibly the most endearing moment of her speech came when Colman mentioned her fellow nominees — Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, and Glenn Close — and couldn't help but fangirl over Close (which is completely understandable). "And to be in this category with these extraordinary women . . ." the Oscar winner began, before getting distracted by Close. "Glenn Close, you've been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be. I think you're amazing and I love you very much!"
Again, definitely an understandable reaction to any proximity to Glenn Close. The actress then thanked her parents, her "best friend" and husband Ed ("25 years and you've been my best supporter"), and shouted out her children who she said she hoped were still up watching at home because "this is not going to happen again." Colman also dedicated her Oscar win to aspiring actresses, saying "Any little girl that's practicing her speech on the telly, you never know."
Watch the truly delightful speech ahead — including Colman ending her speech by just exclaiming, "Lady Gaga!"