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Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman have been given the Oscars treatment, as the Hollywood stars were turned into their own versions of the gold statuettes ahead of the Academy Awards later this month. It comes after a surge of support and celebration for women in film emerged ahead of this year’s ceremony. The applause for the likes of Gaga, who is a hot contender for the best actress award for her role in A Star Is Born, as well as Olivia for the same category for her turn in The Favourite, prompted ODEON Cinemas to produce a range of ‘Osc-her’ statues.

Oh, Osc-her? We see what you did there, you saucy cinema. Gaga and Liv are both up for best actress, but in this glass case of emotion world they’re both winners.

The two actresses have also joined Janet Gaynor – who was the first ever woman to win an Oscar – in all their golden glory, unveiled at the Luxe Leicester Square on Monday morning. Apparently the whole thing came about after the cinema chain found 3/4 Brits are keen to see more women represented in the film awards show. Well, we could have told you that! And this year is special in its own right, as Lady Gaga, who found fame as a singer, is straddling both the best song and best actress categories. That’s fresh from a Baftas, Golden Globes and Critic’s Choice Awards win. While we’d love to see what Olivia’s acceptance speech may be, judging by the past times we’ve seen her on stage this year. ‘It’s been fantastic to see such a strong line up of talented women up for award nominations this year,’ Carol Welch, Managing Director, ODEON UK and Ireland said as they unveiled the timely awards. ‘We’ve been treated to a fabulous set of films with The Favourite and A Star is Born as stand out highlights, so it’s no surprise to see the high hopes for Olivia Colman and Lady Gaga.’ Guess this is where we tell you the gold likenesses are not going to be used on the night, with the traditional Oscars statuette – you know, the dude – being rolled out for the hardworking winners.

Source: metro.co.uk – Oscars statuette gets modern reboot as Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman turn into legendary gold awards



BAFTA winner Olivia Colman has made a heartfelt appeal for people to donate stem cells after losing her school friend to blood cancer.

The Favourite actress revealed how a transplant gave classmate Pip “hope in the darkness”.

In a video for the charity Anthony Nolan, the star describes how her friend, who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 31, “didn’t make it”.

Colman urges the public to sign up to the charity’s stem cell register, which she and husband Ed Sinclair joined in 2008, so that others have a chance of living. In the film, she says: “Sadly my friend Pip didn’t make it, but together we can make sure more people like Pip do make it. We want more people on the register. It’s just a little swab of the mouth … Without you there is no cure.”

Pip’s only chance of survival had been a donor who could provide a perfect match, according to Colman. Soon a donor was found in Australia. “Anthony Nolan did an amazing thing,” Colman said. She became patron of Anthony Nolan in July last year.

About 2,000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant every year. Donations from young men and people with black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are needed in particular.

Anthony Nolan’s chief executive Henny Braund said: “It is wonderful to have Olivia’s support and I am grateful to her for sharing this heartfelt story. This will help us continue to give hope to thousands of people every year.”

Source: eveningstandard.co.uk – Olivia Colman’s heartfelt appeal for stem cell donors after friend’s death at 31

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There was the meeting of two different kinds of royalty at the BAFTAs last night, as treasured star of stage and screen came face-to-face with The Duchess of Cambridge.

Olivia Colman had triumphed at the awards, scooping Best Actress for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, when she met actual royalty in the shape of Kate Middleton, who couldn’t be happier to meet the actress.

The 37-year-old Duchess was once again the picture of elegance, wearing an Alexander McQueen white dress that was an one-shoulder affair, topped off by Princess Diana’s earrings.

Olivia Colman proved to be a popular winner at the 72nd annual British Academy of Film and Television awards and there was a look of mutual admiration as she spoke to Kate after winning her award.

There was a lot of pleasure taken by royal watchers in Kate wearing her late mother-in-law’s pearl and silver drop earrings, which Princess Diana had famously worn while accepting the United Celebral Palsy Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1995.

She sat in the front row at the awards ceremony, alongside her husband Prince William with many eyes on the £525 Jimmy Choo shoes that glistened as much as the BAFTA awards that were being dished out.

Source: mirror.co.uk – BAFTAs 2019: Olivia Colman given royal approval by beaming Kate Middleton after awards triumph

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Rarely has the title of a film ­described its star so well as The Favourite and Olivia Colman.

Her stellar performance as the frail and unpredictable Queen Anne has ­won the hugely versatile actress even more fans.

And the pitch-perfect portrayal of the 18th century monarch has already netted Olivia her second Golden Globe.

Tonight the lavish, comical period drama may land the star her fourth Bafta.

But the icing on the cake could come in a fortnight if she wins the best actress Oscar for the regal role.

And next month the star joins the ranks of Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench when she is presented with a fellowship of the BFI.

With national treasure status beckoning and all those awards, many actors would be full of themselves.

But Olivia, 45, is not many actors.

She wears her well-earned fame with the same kind, warm humility that has ­characterised her amazing career.

Friends of the star, who first pinged the nation’s radar in the 2003 cult sitcom Peep Show, say she is unchanged by fame.

Actor and writer Jonathan Dryden Taylor, who met her in 1994, said: “She’s the same person now as she was back then, the warmest, most delightful human being.

“I don’t think you can find anyone in the industry with a bad word about her.”

He recalled Olivia, nicknamed Collie, taking him to one side and thanking him for the jokes he penned for her in That Michell and Webb Sound sketch show.

Jonathan said: “It’s a measure of what kind of a person she is.

“She thanked me for writing her jokes even though she was the actual star.”

He also remembered a story she told him about filming Broadchurch, for which she won 2014’s best leading actress Bafta.

The plot pitted her character, cop Ellie Miller, against Jodie Whittaker’s in some really intense and angry scenes.

Taylor said: “Collie told me the moment ‘cut’ was called they fell into each other’s arms and hugged because they couldn’t bear being horrible to one another. That epitomises everything about her.”

Hardworking and modest Olivia wanted to perform from the age of 16. She said: “Being able to put ‘Actor’ on my passport was all I wanted in the world.”

The daughter of a nurse and a chartered surveyor, Norwich-born Olivia – real name Sarah – caught the acting bug after landing the lead part in a school play ­having auditioned on a whim.

But ­instead of ­drama school, she began a teacher ­training course at Homerton college in Cambridge, where she joined the university’s legendary drama society – Footlights.

There she met her future husband Ed Sinclair, with whom she has three children.

She also met fellow students David Mitchell and Robert Webb, who she would work with for many years, most memorably for 12 years from 2003 on Peep Show.

Her on/off relationship as Sophie with Mark, played by Mitchell, was central to the hilariously dark Channel 4 comedy.

Olivia and David starred in the 1993 Footlights pantomime together, a production of Cinderella.

In the second term she also took part in the Footlights spring ­revue sketch show.

David wrote in his autobiography Backstory: “Suddenly she was shining with talent – working the audience, timing her lines, drawing out new laughs without ever seeming hammy.

“There were many talented actors at Cambridge while I was there, very few were as good as Collie – certainly no one better.”

From Cambridge she went to Bristol’s Old Vic theatre school but often visited David and his comedy partner Robert Webb at their flat above a Blockbuster shop in Swiss Cottage, North London.

She and David worked on a ­production of French playwright’s Moliere’s comedy The Miser, which they toured around UK schools.

Mitchell and Webb’s then flatmate Ellis Sareen, now a 44-year-old ­barrister, said: “It was impossible to go to bed if there was any alcohol in the flat still undrunk. Collie was always around. She was absolutely delightful.”

After graduating from Bristol in 1999, Olivia struggled to find acting work and took a typing course as well as doing a cleaning job. But in 2003 Mitchell and Webb cast her as Sophie.

Her talent led to roles in Channel 4’s offbeat comedy Green Wing and Simon Pegg’s 2007 rural cop comedy Hot Fuzz.

In 2011 she played Carol Thatcher to Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

This marked her move into more serious roles, such as Miller in the smash-hit detective drama Broadchurch.

She was heavily pregnant with her third child when she played Angela Burr ­opposite Tom Hiddleston and Tom Hollander in the adaptation of John Le Carré’s The Night Manager.

Colman was so good as the heroine determined to bring down an evil arms dealer that she won a Golden Globe.

She was highly acclaimed for her performances on stage in Hay Fever at the Noël Coward Theatre and in Mosquitoes at the National Theatre.

Most recently Olivia has played the deplorable, money-grabbing Madame Thenardier in Andrew Davies’ gripping version of Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Misérables.

This year she is taking over the role of the Queen from Claire Foy in the latest series of The Crown.

But despite her success, Colman’s friends insist she is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.

Jonathan said: “She’s not someone who’d let the fame go to her head. You wouldn’t see her demanding blue M&Ms or room temperature water or any of that. She just turns up and does the job.”

Her down to earth attitude was perfectly illustrated when she was invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace ­after the ­announcement of her role in The Crown.

She asked her husband to take home a keepsake from one the ­palace’s 78 bathrooms – two squares of loo roll.

It is a trophy that would look very strange next to an Oscar.

mirror.co.uk – Olivia Colman: What the nation’s favourite actress is REALLY like off screen

She is the hot favourite of this year’s awards season with her starring role in The Favourite, whose next regal role will see her transform into Queen Elizabeth II. 

And Olivia Colman looked stunning as she stepped out for the Oscar Nominee Champagne Tea Reception at Claridge’s Ballroom in London on Friday.

The actress, 45, put on a chic display in a striking red Edeline Lee Benedict dress, which had wraparound detailing across the front for a glamorous flair.

Olivia cinched her outfit at the waist with a dramatic belt, while she gave her look a touch of glitter by stepping out in a pair of silver heels. 

The Broadchurch star is in the running for the Leading Actress category at the Oscars alongside heavy-hitters Glenn Close for The Wife, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, Yalitza Aparicio for Roma and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Hotly tipped for success, Olivia’s portrayal of a frail, eccentric and introverted Queen Anne of Great Britain in The Favourite has also earned a Best Actress nomination at the BAFTAs, which take place on Sunday. 

Source: dailymail.co.uk – Olivia Colman oozes glamour in a wraparound red dress as she attends star-studded Oscar Nominee Champagne Tea Reception in London

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Olivia Colman, winner of Best Actress – Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Oscar-nominated British actress Olivia Colman is set to receive a BFI Fellowship, the British Film Institute’s highest honor. Colman will receive the accolade at the BFI chairman’s dinner on March 6 in London, hosted by BFI chair Josh Berger of Warner Bros.

The honor comes after Colman’s Oscar and BAFTA nominations for her star turn as gouty Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” She has already picked up a raft of awards for the role, including the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy.

“I’m absolutely bowled over,” she said in a statement. “The BFI is a wonderful organization, and that I will soon be in a fellowship with so many of my heroes is an honor that is hard to compute.”

Past recipients include Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Caine, Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett.

Berger, who is president and managing director of Warner Bros. Entertainment U.K., called Colman “a brilliant comic actor and one of the industry’s finest dramatic performers. Her ability to be relatable in such a diverse range of roles generates incredible warmth and admiration from audiences.”

The actress is currently playing another British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in the third and fourth seasons of Netflix’s hit show “The Crown,” taking over the role from Claire Foy. Season 3 is set for release later this year.

Colman recently appeared in the BBC’s six-part adaptation of “Les Miserables” and in Sundance drama “Them That Follow.” She previously won a Golden Globe for best actress in a supporting role for television series “The Night Manager,” and has won three BAFTA TV awards.

The BFI Fellowship was first presented in 1983 to mark the institute’s 25th anniversary. Last year’s fellowship was awarded to “The Crown” creator Peter Morgan. Other past awardees include John Hurt, Clint Eastwood, Hugh Grant, Bette Davis, Jeanne Moreau, Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks and Steve McQueen.

Source: variety.com – Olivia Colman to Receive Prestigious BFI Fellowship

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These days Olivia Colman is the toast of Hollywood, winning plaudits and awards for her performance in Oscar-nominated film The Favourite and soon to take over the central role in hit Netflix series The Crown.

It’s all a long way from her fondly-remembered guest role in a 2010 episode of Doctor Who – and looking back, then-series showrunner Steven Moffat admits he feels they “wasted” the now Oscar-nominated actor in such a small role.

“Well in my first series, [Eleventh Doctor] Matt Smith’s first one, there was Olivia Colman,” Moffat told RadioTimes.com at the Radio Times Covers Party. “Olivia Colman, just a heartbeat before she was stratospheric.”

In the episode (Matt Smith’s debut The Eleventh Hour), Colman played one of the hosts for the episode’s villain Prisoner Zero, a shapeshifting alien prisoner who used Colman’s form to taunt the Doctor (while also showing off some pretty terrifying teeth) at the end of the episode.

In hindsight, Moffat said, he wishes he’d used the actor more.

“I think, ‘Oh we wasted that, didn’t we!’” Moffat said. “Bloody hell.”

Fellow Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, meanwhile, had fond memories of a few other future stars he cast in 2013 episode Cold War, including two of Colman’s co-stars in the next series of The Crown (Josh O’Connor and Tobias Menzies) along with Grantchester’s James Norton.

“There are some funny ones aren’t there, like in Cold War, my story on a submarine,” he said.

“Peter, who’s killed in the opening titles, is Josh O’Connor from God’s Own Country: he’s a big star now. And James Norton is one of the sailors, and Tobias Menzies. It’s an amazing submarine of stars now!”

Nowadays, with new boss Chris Chibnall in charge, both men are watching Doctor Who from the sidelines after over a decade at its heart – so do they miss being part of the sci-fi series?

“I’m sort of used to watching Doctor Who I’ve got nothing to do with,” Moffat pointed out.

“That’s alright – I don’t mind that at all. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

“I do still have the impulse to do Doctor Who ideas. And I quite like the luxury of saying, ‘Well, that’s a good idea. I’ll just leave it in my head, it’s fine there.’”

“It’s lovely to know nothing at all,” added Gatiss.

“I used to come in occasionally and write an episode – but you end up finding out bits about the two before and the two after.

“So to know nothing at all has been really lovely, refreshing and fun.”

And who knows? If they watch closely, they may see even more stars of tomorrow wandering in to Jodie Whittaker’s adventures.

Doctor Who returns to BBC1 in 2020

Source: Radiotimes.com – We “wasted” Olivia Colman in Doctor Who says former showrunner

76th Golden Globe Awards – Press Room Featuring: Olivia Colman Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States When: 06 Jan 2019 Credit: Regina Wagner/Future Image/WENN.com **Not available for publication in Germany**

Olivia Colman has revealed how she feels “threatened” by losing her anonymity and now lives “like a hermit” since starring in a string of high profile lead roles.

The Oscar-nominated actress admitted that she rarely ventures out and that she never expected the fame that has followed her.

Ms Colman, 44, has been nominated for the best actress prize at the Academy Awards for her portrayal of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’period comedy drama The Favourite, and has already taken home a Golden Globe for the role.

Speaking with her former Broadchurch co-star David Tennant on his new podcast, she said that she “can’t cope” with people noticing her out in public.

“I have friends that I adore and I like going to safe places with them, my home or their home,” she said.

Fame was “very stupidly nothing I expected to happen, I just wanted to work,” she added.

Ms Colman said that it can feel “threatening” to lose her anonymity, although most people who approach her are “really nice”.

However, she said that she does not regret the attention, “because hand-in-hand with that, I’m getting work that I’m loving and always dreamt of.

“As long as I know I can keep my head down, stay at home, it’s not so bad.”

Ms Colman  first became famous for her role as Sophie in Channel 4’s Peep Show, but has become better known for starring in ITV drama Broadchurch, BBC drama The Night Manager and films including Hot Fuzz, Tyrannosaur and The Iron Lady, in which she played Carol Thatcher opposite Meryl Streep.

The actress also told David Tennant that she once wrote to Wikipedia because her age had been listed to make her eight years older than she really was.

“Once, on Wikipedia, they had my birthday as the wrong day, the wrong month, and eight years before I was born,” she said.

“I emailed them, pretending it wasn’t me. (I wrote) ‘I was at school with her and that’s not her birthday’. I didn’t want them to think I was being so vain.

“I didn’t get a reply, and wrote again going ‘sorry guys, but I know it’s wrong’. And they didn’t reply.

“So I said, ‘actually, this is me, and it’s really upsetting me that you’ve made me eight years older than I actually am’.

“And they said, ‘we’d have to see a birth certificate to prove it’, and I went, ‘whose f****** birth certificate have you looked at in the first place to make me eight years older?”‘

Colman said that her date of birth was finally changed to the correct one, January 30, 1974, but joked that she should have said she was younger.

Source: telegraph.co.uk – Olivia Colman ‘threatened’ by losing anonymity and says new-found fame has made her live like a hermit

Olivia Colman won the award for best actress in a motion picture (Photo: Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal)

Olivia Colman stole the show at the 76th annual Golden Globes ceremony in California.

Not only did she win an award for her part in The Favourite, but the British actress also won at giving one of the best acceptance speeches at the prestigious awards ceremony when she opened with “Cor blimey!” and addressed fellow actresses Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as her “bitches”.

As the camera panned to the audience, stars including Weisz and Stone were seen laughing and cheering their beloved co-star on.

What did Olivia Colman win?

Colman won the award for best actress in a motion picture drama for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite.

What did she say?

Having picked up her award, the former Broadchurch actress faced the audience and began by declaring: “Cor blimey, thank you so much. I’m not going to cry because my entire table will point and laugh at me,” before going on to praise the director of the film.

“Yorgos, thank you the most muchly and ma bitches, Emma and Rachel, thank you, every second of working with you was such a joy and I was so sad that it finished.

“I would like to tell you how much this film means to me but I can’t think of it because I’m too excited. I just had a fucking blast, it was amazing. I went on a private jet and I ate constantly throughout the film and it was brilliant and I promise I will keep on enjoying this, because it’s amazing.”

Having left the audience in stitches, Colman finished her speech by calling out to her family and telling them: “Ed and the kids, look! Yay!”

Reaction

Having decided to give the audience and viewers at home a different kind of acceptance speech, Colman sparked a social media frenzy as viewers took to Twitter to declare how great she was for her unexpected speech.

“Olivia Colman is a hilarious, wonderful & talented TREASURE. Imagine if she wins an Oscar. Imagine what THAT speech will be like! #corblimey #goldenglobes,” wrote one fan, whilst another commented: “Olivia Colman calling Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz her bitches during the acceptance speech is already the highlight of 2019. #GoldenGlobes.”

Appreciating the fact that Colman was thankful for the food she had received on the trip ahead of the ceremony, a third user commented: “Olivia Colman talking about sandwiches in her #GoldenGlobes speech is deeply inspiring.”

What’s next for Olivia Colman?

With awards season underway and a Golden Globes victory under her belt, Colman has become one of the favourites to walk away with an Oscar when the ceremony takes place in February. The actress, also known for her role in Peep show, is also set to play another monarch, Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, in the next instalment of the critically acclaimed Netflix offering, The Crown.

With awards season underway and a Golden Globes victory under her belt, Colman has become one of the favourites to walk away with an Oscar when the ceremony takes place in February. The actress, also known for her role in Peep show, is also set to play another monarch, Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, in the next instalment of the critically acclaimed Netflix offering, The Crown.

Source: inews.co.uk – Olivia Colman’s perfect Golden Globes 2019 acceptance speech in full

What would you do directly after winning one of the UK’s most prestigious acting awards: order the largest available bottle of champagne? Make the extravagant purchase you’ve been fantasising about for years? Party until the wee hours? Turns out Golden Globes favourite Olivia Colman plumped for a slightly more low-key celebration after her double win at the 2013 BAFTAs. After scooping awards for her roles in Accused and Twenty Twelve, Colman went home, took off her Spanx, and had a nice cup of tea. And honestly, has a certified Hollywood icon ever been quite so relatable?

Speaking to the Mirror, Colman reminisced on the May 2013 ceremony that scored her two BAFTA trophies: one for best supporting actress, for her role in crime drama Accused, and one for female comedy performance, after her appearance in satirical Olympic comedy Twenty Twelve. “That was amazing that night because I had been nominated for things before and just never got them,” she told the paper. “That was unbelievable. No one expects to get one, but to get two?”

Her success proved a little overwhelming: “It was a little bit too much,” she said. “I just needed to be normal and take the massive Spanx off — you know the big pants? — and just calm down. So I went home and had a cup of tea.” Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

Colman is favourite to land the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical at tonight’s awards ceremony, for her role as Queen Anne in (appropriately) The Favourite. Co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are also nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy or musical, for their roles as royal favourites Abigail Hill and Lady Sarah Churchill.The event, hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, will see Colman run against Crazy Rich Asians star Constance WuMary Poppins Returns‘ Emily Blunt, Eighth Grade‘s Elsie Fisher, and Tully star Charlize Theron.

And Colman’s pretty delighted about the nomination, telling the Mirror, “When you get nominated for something, for me it always comes as a massive surprise and then an enormous, ‘Oh.'” She added, “It’s really incredibly exciting and you can’t quite believe it, and in all honesty, as a little girl it’s all, ‘Imagine if I won an Oscar?'”

Colman’s snagged a Golden Globe before, winning best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie at the 2017 ceremony for her role in The Night Manager. But there’ll be one major difference tonight: this time, she’ll actually be at the ceremony. As she explained to the BBC, Colman was due to start filming Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express at the time of last year’s awards, and was keen to impress her co-stars — plus, she assumed she didn’t have a chance. “I looked at the list and thought, ‘I won’t win in that group,'” she said.

“I’m playing Judi Dench’s maid and I want her to be so impressed because she is my hero. I have to be good and I don’t want to be that person who turns up jetlagged but now I sort of think they would have forgiven me,” she told the BBC after her win was announced. “Now I’m so gutted I’m not there. It’s such an enormous honour, I’m beside myself.” Well, if the bookies’ predictions prove correct, this time Colman can collect her Golden Globe in person.

Source: bustle.com – Golden Globes Favourite Olivia Colman Revealed The Relatable Thing She Did After Her 2013 BAFTAs Win

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