2018 • Actress in Leading Role • Onstage

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91st Oscars Transcript: Actress in Leading Role

SPEECH BY: Olivia Colman
FILM: “The Favourite”

It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. Got an Oscar. I have to thank lots of people. If by the way I forget anybody, I’m going to find you later and I’m going to give you all a massive snog and I’m really sorry if I might forget now. Yorgos, my best director, in the best film and with Emily and Rachel, the two loveliest women in the world to fall in love with and to go to work with every day. I mean, you can imagine, it wasn’t a hardship. And to be in this category with these extraordinary women. And Glenn Close, you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be. And I think you’re amazing and I love you very much. I love you all.

Thank you, Lindy King, my agent who took me on over 20 years ago. Thank you so much. And Olive and Hildy and Bryna, who make me do things that I’ve said no to but she was right. And my mum and my dad, well, you know. And my kids who are at home and watching, look. Well, if you’re not, then kind of, well done. I sort of hope you are. This is not going to happen again.

And any little girl who is practicing their speech on the telly, you never know. And when I used to work as a cleaner, and I loved that job, I did spend quite a lot of my time imagining this. Oh, please wrap up. Right, okay. [Blows a raspberry.] Thank you. And my husband, Ed, my best friend. I love you so much, 25 years and you’ve been my best supporter. And he’s going to cry. I’m not. Thank you so much. Fox, everybody, the cast and the crew, Frances [McDormand], Sam [Rockwell, the presenters]. Thank you. Thank you so much, Lady Gaga [blows a kiss], Melissa. Thank you.

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