Olivia Colman won over hundreds of new fans around the world with her acceptance speech at the 2019 Golden Globes – starting with a quintessentially British “cor, blimey” and referring to co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as “ma bitches”.
Accepting the award for best actress in a musical or comedy, she said: “Cor blimey, thank you so much. I’m not going to cry because my entire table will point and laugh at me as I’ve been crying all evening.”
Paying tribute to director Yorgos Lanthimos and her co-stars, she added: “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 meant to me but I can’t think of it because I’m too excited.”
She added: “I went on a private jet and I ate constantly through the film and it was brilliant and I promise I will keep on enjoying this, because it’s amazing.”
She concluded with a shout-out to her husband Ed Sinclair, saying: “Ed and the kids, look! Yay!”
The British actress had been hotly tipped for the prize following her lead role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, playing the monarch caught in a triangle of power and love between Stone’s Abigail Masham and Weisz’s Sarah Hill.
But it was her humble demeanour and humour which delighted viewers online.
Michelle Stark tweeted: “Wow, I was not expecting Olivia Colman to be the sweetest person on this earth”, while actor Louis Virtel said: “It’d be OK if the Oscars were Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz winking at each other for three hours.”
Colman’s win comes a year after she was awarded the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her part in the BBC drama ‘The Night Manager’.