Olivia Colman talks about her Best Actress Oscar win

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After calling her win "hilarious", Colman seemingly apologized to Close.

Instead a crying, shaking Olivia took to the stage and said, "It's genuinely quite stressful".

Apparently, she made her breakthrough as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show (2003-2015) while her other comic roles in television include Green Wing (2004-2006), Beautiful People (2008-2009), Rev. (2010-2014), Twenty Twelve (2011-2012), and Fleabag (2016-present). After thanking Cooper for believing in her, she gave the kind of inspirational talk she's become known for on the awards circuit: "If you are at home and you're sitting on your couch, and you are watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work", she said.

The Favourite, set in the 18th century, stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz as her friend Lady Sarah.

Glenn Close was all but guaranteed the Best Actress trophy at the 91st annual Academy Awards on Sunday night ― she even dressed up like the statuette on the red carpet ― after dominating all awards season long.

The official Twitter account of The Favourite shared a quote from Colman's speech, tweeting: "Any little girl that's practising her speech on the telly, you never know".

Regina King took the best supporting actress prize for her role in If Beale Street Could talk, leading to the most diverse group of acting winners in the history of the Oscars.

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. This is the first Oscar win from the British actress and the actress was naturally thrilled and flustered which seemed evident in her winning speech. This year's nominees also included Yalitza Aparicio ("Roma") and Melissa McCarthy ("Can You Ever Forgive Me?").

The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, was up for a total of ten Academy Awards, including a nod for the man at the helm himself and nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Production as well as Best Film.

"Well, if you're not, then, well done, but I sort of hope you are".

Along with being a great actress, Colman also keeps busy working with charities and activism groups.

Olivia Colman might be a new name to you, but she's been in Hollywood for years. "This has been a long time coming", she said, laughing unabashedly.

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