It was a night to remember for British national treasure Olivia Coleman, as she picked up her first ever Oscar, for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite at the 91st Annual Academy Awards
On a night busting with A Listers, Coleman was beyond surprised to hear her name called out for winning ‘Best Actress’, describing it as “Hilarious” and fighting through the happy tears, she urged every young actress to chase their dreams saying, “Any little girl who’s practising their speech on the telly – you never know! I used to work as a cleaner, I used to love that job”.
It is the first time a Brit has one the accolade in 10 years, with Kate Winslet being the last for her role as Hannah Schmitz in The Reader.
In the male category, there was no surprises as Rami Malek picked up the award for Best Actor, for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Whilst the film received mixed reviews, the one constant has been the praise that Malek has received for his performance as the late Queen frontman. Freddie Mercury truly was one of a kind and for Malek to portray him as accurately as he did, it would’ve taken something miraculous for him not to win.
Malek , who beat out tough competition from Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale to win the award said,
“The one thing I can say about this, as an actor, there are so many of us who dream of one thing. Perhaps it’s not this, it’s just getting a job,” he said.
“The fact that I have this is beyond any expectation that myself or my family could have ever had. I’ll just say that.”
It wasn’t all rosy for Malek though, as after he accepted his award fell from the stage at the Dolby Theatre, and had to be treated by paramedics. No injury was caused though, and he returned to the celebrations shortly after.
Masherlala Ali won best supporting actor for his role as Don Shirley in Green Book, and Regina King won ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role as Sharon Rivers in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’.
Bohemian Rhapsodywas the nights biggest winner, claiming four awards including Best Actor, Best Sound-Editing, Best Film-Editing and Sound Mixing.
Alfonso Cuaron picked up the award for ‘Best Director’ for his work on ‘Roma’ which also won the award for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ and best ‘Cinematography’.
These are just some of the winners from the ceremony, but there were plenty more awards flying around!
We loved watching the Oscars and can’t wait to see what the next year brings!