Oscar celebrations at Olivia Colman's old school in Norwich

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"Ooh, this is genuinely quite stressful", she began, adding that it was "hilarious" that she had an Oscar. Her "people" said it was next to impossible, timing wise. "And when you think it's impossible, just keep in mind to say this piece of advice I got from a very wise woman, 'I did my best, and my best is good enough'".

Among those in the Best Actress category were Lady Gaga and Tony victor Glenn Close, who have joined Colman in giving acceptance speeches this awards season for A Star Is Born and The Wife, respectively. "And any little girl who is practicing their speech on the telly, you never know". This is not going to happen again.

Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her role in The Favourite during the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday night, but the win wasn't without controversy. She needs a job after falling on hard times and uses her cunning to get close to the queen, sparking a royal battle between the two women with the queen in-between.

In an interview with ET, Glenn Close reported feeling "Really, Really Good" after the Oscars ceremony. She beat out Close, who arrived at the Dolby Theatre as the heavy favourite to win her first Oscar in seven nominations for "The Wife". This year's nominees also included Yalitza Aparicio ("Roma") and Melissa McCarthy ("Can You Ever Forgive Me?").

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Glenn Close, while most known for her roles on the silver screen, has also starred in the Broadway productions of Sunset Boulevard (1995 and 2017), Death and the Maiden, The Real Thing, and Barnum. "When he walked into the room, I just went, 'That's him!' Mind you, I suppose if he hadn't wanted me, then I might have gone, 'That's him!' at someone else a week later".

Colman confirmed her children - aged 13, 11 and three - were watching from her agent's house.

Lanthimos has Colman playing an ailing, gout-stricken English queen, with ladies-in-waiting Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone desperately trying to win favors and power. "And I did spend a lot of time imagining this".

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