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Olivia Colman - Winner's Acceptance Speech, Leading Actress, EE British Academy Film Awards in 2019

10 February 2019

Winner's acceptance speech by Olivia Colman for The Favourite in the Leading Actress category  

OLIVIA COLMAN:  Thank you so much.  It's really big.

I don't know -- I do know what to say.  I have actually written something down.  I do know.

To my fellow nominees, to be in the same company as you is such an extraordinary honour.  I think the work you all did was so beautiful.  

Very shaky.  Sorry.  I can't read it either.

All the producers.  Fox and Element and everyone therein.  And Nadia and Sandy and all of your teams.  Hi.  We're having an amazing night, aren't we?  We're going to get so pissed later! 

Yorgos Lanthimos -- I don't know, I can't think of the words to thank you enough for letting me do this.  My most favourite time ever.

The thing I really want to do is, Emma and Rachel -- must keep it together -- not just for your performances but for what you did after the cameras stopped rolling.  And we've never talked about this, and I find it very emotional, but you were the best and classiest and coolest honour guard any woman could ever have, and I love you.  Ems isn't here, but we love you too, Em, somewhere in America.

Oh, God, what else am I meant to say?  Done that bit.  I think I have done that bit ... 

Yes.  So this is -- sorry.  I swear I'm going to go in a minute!

This is for -- not for the lead, it's for a lead, and as far as I'm concerned, all three of us are the same and should be the lead, and it's weird that we can't do that.  But this is for all three of us.  It's got my name on it, but we can scratch in some other names.  

Thank you so much.