Oscars 2019 winners: ‘The Favourite’ star Olivia Colman is Best Actress, beats Yalitza Aparicio, Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy

English actress Olivia Colman, 45, won the Best Actress award at the 91st Academy Awards for her performance in “The Favourite.” She played Anne, Queen of Great Britain in the historical period black comedy drama film written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

The Oscars 2019 voters chose Colman over Yalitza Aparicio, Glenn Close, Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy. Aparicio was nominated for her role as Cleodegaria “Cleo” Gutierrez in “Roma” while Close, Gaga and McCarthy’s respective roles that earned them the nominations were Joan Castleman in “The Wife,” Ally Maine in “A Star is Born” and Lee Israel in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“To be in this category with these extraordinary women, and Glenn Close,” Colman said when she accepted her Best Actress award. “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.”

The Oscars 2019 awarding ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States on February 24, 2019. When Colman took the microphone to receive her Oscar trophy, she was shaking and sobbing while wiping her nose.

“Oh, it’s genuinely quite stressful!” Colman said. “This is hilarious! I got an Oscar!”

Among Colman’s “The Favourite” co-stars are Emma Stone as Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham, Rachel Weisz as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and Nicholas Hoult as Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer. In Colman’s Oscar 2019 acceptance speech, she praised Weisz and Stone and noted that it was not a hardship to have the pair fall in love with her on screen.

Colman and Ed Sinclair married in August 2001. They have three children.

In Colman’s Oscar 2019 acceptance speech, she thanked her children who she said were at home watching. She shared, “I used to work as a cleaner and I loved that job but I did spent quite a lot of time imagining.”

Here is Colman’s full press room speech at the Oscars 2019:

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