The Oscars are over for another year and despite the ceremony being deprived of a host, the evening felt easier, breezier, and like the cooperative celebration of talent it always should be – a stark difference to last year during the #MeToo campaign. Some optimism is exactly what we needed. And today Brits are waking up to the news so many of them had hoped for.
It’s been 10 years since a British actress won the leading lady statuette at the Oscars, but with the odds stacked against her, Britain’s comedy housekeeper Olivia Colman has broken the streak by winning her first academy award on her first nomination.
With a speech that could only be delivered by a bumbling Brit, we all saw a little of ourselves in Olivia’s humorous, wholesome, and humble spiel that will no doubt shake and delight the stuffy Hollywood elite. In 60 seconds Colman elevated herself from national treasure to international superstar. Here are some of the highlights of her speech:
“It’s genuinely quite stressful.”
“This is hilarious…. I’ve got an Oscar”.
“I’ve got to thank lots of people. If I forget anybody I’m going to find you later and give you a massive snog.”
“Glenn Close – you’ve been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be.”
“My kids who are at home and watching – look! Well if you’re not then kind of, well done… sort of hope you are – this is not going to happen again.”
*On being cued to finish* “Oh, please wrap up, uh, *blows raspberry*
*Looks into the audience* “Oh! Lady Gaga.” *blows kiss*
Moments like this are not medial – especially in the current world climate. At a time when Britain’s global influence and respect is shrinking faster than Katy Perry’s album sales, British talent defying the odds gives us all something to smile about and to be proud of.
Though it wasn’t the best night on the whole for British acting talent – Richard E Grant, Rachel Weisz, and Christian Bale all missed out on their opportunity to add to their mantelpieces – others did have success, including contenders in technical categories, and Mark Ronson who picked up the best original song with Lady Gaga.
But the star who was really born was indeed Olivia Colman – from Peep Show to press night at the Oscars. And with her taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming new season of The Crown it seems there’s no stopping the global superstar from Norfolk.