Olivia Colman wins best actress Oscar for 'The Favourite'

Richard E. Grant

It was the first Academy Award for Colman, 45, one of the most beloved and prolific actresses in British television who is less well known to American filmgoers.

"The Favourite" sees Colman portray Britain's 18th-century Queen Anne as an insecure, frail and tempestuous royal who treats her horde of rabbits as if they were her dead children and has secret love affairs with characters played by Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.

She gazed at Close in the audience and said, "You've been my idol for so long and this is not how I wanted it to be". This is hilarious! I got an Oscar!'

Watch a short clip of her acceptance speech above.

The internet was in raptures last night when Olivia Colman bagged her Oscar for "Best Actress" - and it's not just because she's a phenomenal actor. Colman is brilliant as a woman who spends most of her time in a wheelchair and is often the butt of ridicule.

"I could not tell you what I'm feeling", she said backstage.

Olivia added the Oscar to her stream of earlier wins for her roles at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and National Society of Film Critics for the role in the period drama.

She went on to thank her co-stars, family, punctuating her speech with the occasional hysterical sputter of amazement.

Colman continued: "And any little girl who's practising their speech on the telly, you never know". "I grew up watching foreign language films and learning so much from them and being inspired", Cuaron said, noting slyly that they included "Citizen Kane" and "Jaws" and "The Godfather".

Colman's victory was The Favourite's sole win from 10 nominations.

Just months ago Malek was only really known to fans of the drama Mr Robot but he is now a global star thanks for his turn as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and an Oscar victor to boot.

The controversial film about a black jazz pianist and a white driver touring the segregated south was the shock victor of the best picture prize, and also scored gongs for its screenplay and for best supporting actor Mahershala Ali.

"I've worked hard for a long time". Regina King took home the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her work in If Beale Street Could Talk.

Bohemian Rhapsody was the most awarded film at the ceremony, with prizes for Malek, film editing, sound mixing and sound editing.

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