Olivia Colman Wins the Best Actress Award at the 2019 Oscars

"My kids, if you're home and watching - well, if not, well done", she said.

Olivia Colman has pulled off a stunning upset to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. "I did spend quite a lot of time imagining this".

She then thanked Lady Gaga, who was applauding her from the front row, before also thanking her co-stars Weisz and Stone, whom she described as "the two loveliest women in the world to go to work with".

Colman was the shock victor of the leading actress prize for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, fending off competition from frontrunner Glenn Close for The Wife.

The award season conversation had been so focused on Lady Gaga's own Oscar campaign for her A Star Is Born performance, and the pop star had been a favorite to win.

But the award was snatched by Bafta victor Colman, who told her from the stage: "You have been my idol for so long, this is not how I wanted it to be".

But the biggest victor at the Oscars was Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which took home four awards including best actor for Rami Malek, best film editing, best sound editing and best sound mixing.

Close, who's nominated for her work in The Wife, relied on the brand's creative director, Wes Gordon, to fashion the bespoke, hand-embroidered, pale gold gown. Olivia beat out stiff competition from Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio to take home the highly coveted award. And then providing a disclaimer that anyone you miss thanking will be on the receiving end of a "massive snog".

Speaking backstage after her win, Colman was asked where she will be putting her prize.

Glenn Close, while most known for her roles on the silver screen, has also starred in the Broadway productions of Sunset Boulevard (1995 and 2017), Death and the Maiden, The Real Thing, and Barnum.

Continuing the theme of being down-to-earth and a bundle of fun, Debbie Wythe recalled the moment she ate jerk chicken with Colman in a Brixton pub. This is hilarious. I got an Oscar! "I've worked hard for a long time, and it's not about winning".

  • Jacqueline Ellis