Olivia Colman was honoured with a BFI Fellowship at the star-studded Chairman’s Dinner on Wednesday, as she oozed timeless glamour in a classic black gown for the occasion.
The Oscar winning actress, 45, looked amazing in the frock as she arrived for the bash in London‘s Rosewood Hotel, just over a week after winning Best Actress for her performance in The Favourite.
Olivia was supported by many of her current and former co-stars at the event ahead of receiving the prestigious honour, including Helen Bonham Carter, David Tennant and Tobias Menzies.
Highlighting her glamorous sense of style, Olivia looked amazing in the form-fitting black gown, which she teamed with red velvet pointed-toe heels and a matching clutch bag.
The acclaimed actress had her brunette tresses in their classic cropped look, and sported plenty of Swarovski jewellery as she appeared alongside BFI Chairman Josh Berger at the event.
Olivia was announced as the next recipient of the BFI Fellowship last month, and the star said at the time she was ‘bowled over’ to receive the prize.
She enthused: ‘The BFI is a wonderful organisation and that I will soon be in a Fellowship with so many of my heroes is an honour that is hard to compute.
‘Thank you a thousand times, I really am thrilled. THANK YOU!’
Olivia has shown off her incredible acting prowess in a slew of high-profile and critically acclaimed projects over the years, including her role in the British comedy Peep Show in 2003 to 2015 and ITV’s Broadchurch from 2013 to 2017.
Her film credits are equally as impressive, starring alongside Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz and The Iron Lady opposite Meryl Streep.
Following the honour, Olivia will be joining the ranks of previous recipients Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Steve McQueen and Hugh Grant.
BFI chair, Josh Berger, couldn’t help but gush about the star: ‘I am thrilled the BFI is giving its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, to Olivia Colman, at such an exciting point in her career.
‘Olivia is 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 Favourite is firmly up there as one of the best films of recent years and showcases Olivia’s extraordinary and nuanced performance, which is fittingly being acknowledged by critics and audiences all over the world,’ he stated.
Late last month Olivia stunned film fanatics when she was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, beating out bookies favourite Glenn Close.
Taking to the stage, the British star said it was ‘stressful’ as she collected the honour, winning over viewers with her honest and emotive speech.
Many of Olivia’s former and current colleagues came out to support her at the event, including her on-screen sister from The Crown Helen Bonham Carter.
The pair will appear in the third and fourth seasons of the acclaimed Netflix drama, which are expected to air sometime in 2019
Helena was once again showcasing her quirky sense of style, sporting a dramatic black skirted two-piece and white fringed necklace.
She was joined by Tobias Menzies, who will play Prince Phillip/The Duke Of Edinburgh in The Crown.
Many of Olivia’s Broadchurch co-stars were also in attendance for the bash, including a dapper David Tennant and Andrew Buchan.
Richard E. Grant – who sadly lost out on the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor – was seen on a rare outing with wife Joan Washington, after sending fans wild with his hilarious social media posts of his first trip to the Academy Awards.
It’s scarcely been two weeks since Olivia Colman scooped up the Best Actress statuette at the Oscars 2019, but, last night, The Favourite star was back on the podium giving another acceptance speech – to receive her British Film Institute fellowship.
“There isn’t an actor who can infuse each moment on screen with such great humanity, drama and humour,” director Yorgos Lanthimos said upon presenting the accolade to Colman, which has previously been awarded to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett. “No one can appear so fragile, magnetic, fierce, funny and real from one second to the next, or all at the same time.”
Naturally, Colman stole the audience’s hearts with another speech that was resolutely her and not showy at all – no raspberry-blowing as per the Oscars, however. “I didn’t know what to expect this evening,” she said. “[It] turns out it’s a bit like a surprise birthday party… on the back of a lovely year.”
For the landmark career moment, Colman chose to shine a spotlight on sustainable fashion. Her black gown with a draped neck feature and a high slit, which revealed a tailored satin crepe trouser, was created especially for Colman by Deborah Milner, a designer whose missive is to make “haute couture using the challenges of sustainability as a catalyst for creativity”.
Milner established her brand’s green codes in 2005 with a collection of “Ecoture” and has been an active participant in Eco-Age’s #GreenCarpetChallenge, which was founded by Livia Firth to show that beautiful red-carpet wear does not have to exploit the environment. The material for Colman’s gown was supplied by Taroni, an Italian mill which was awarded the “Most Sustainable Producer” at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards 2017, and has been committed to making materials that are ecologically and ethically sustainable at every stage of the textile supply chain. For silk, in particular, this involves the breeding of silkworms in areas of organic cultivation, reeling, spinning, dyeing and weaving, before the fabric is ready to be transported to the studio of a designer such as Milner.
Continuing the conscious dressing theme, Colman and her stylist Mary Fellowes chose the Lola rings and Luna earrings from the Atelier Swarovski by Penélope Cruz fine jewellery collection. The line is created from Swarovski Genuine Topaz set in responsibly sourced gold and Swarovski Created Diamonds gems which are lab-grown and show the possibilities of creating problematic materials, such as leather, in a forward-thinking environment.
“We’ve always been interested in how to be as ethical as possible on the red carpet,” Fellowes told Vogue of the principles that underline her working relationship with Colman. “In addition to Swarovski’s sustainable design process, the brand, which is helmed by a working mother [Nadja Swarovski] is taking active steps to support women and film. Olivia has been wearing pieces from very famous houses, so we thought it would be great to support a brand which is doing great things for the planet.”