Olivia Colman wins Best Actress at Oscars

The Peep Show and Night Manager star gets the top prize.

Olivia Colman, star of The Favourite, has won an Academy Award for her performance. 

Last night’s Oscars saw a number of films from 2018 honoured, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book and Roma.

Green Book took away the big prize, with Mahershala Ali also winning Best Supporting Actor for his role as jazz pianist Don Shirley.

He becomes only the second black actor to win two Oscars, joining Denzel Washington. 

Three of the four acting awards were given to actors playing real people, with Rami Malek winning for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury and Colman winning for playing Queen Anne.

Regina King was the exception in this category, winning for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk

Colman has become the first British woman to win the award since Kate Winslet in 2009.

During her speech, the actress seemed overwhelmed to win in a category that many believed Glenn Close would sweep.

"It's genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I've got an Oscar! Any little girl who's practising their speech on the telly - you never know!"

Netflix Original film Roma was up for Best Picture but didn’t win, with director Alfonso Cuaron instead winning Best Director. 

It marks the fourth time in five years that a Mexican filmmaker has won the award, with Guillermo Del Toro winning last year for The Shape of Water and Alejandro González Iñárritu winning concurrently for both Birdman and The Revenant.

Source: BBC News

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