Olivia Colman's speech for her Oscar win was just as adorable as she is 3 years ago

Olivia Colman's speech for her Oscar win was just as adorable as she is

Olivia Colman won the Academy Award for Best Actress on a night of surprises at last night's Oscars in Los Angeles.

Colman picked up the award for her role in dark comedy The Favourite in which she portrayed Queen Anne, beating front-runner Glenn Close.

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Visibly shocked when her name was called out, Colman's speech was almost as entertaining as her performance in Yorgos Lanthimos' film.

"It’s genuinely quite stressful," she said as she reached the stage. "This is hilarious – I’ve won an Oscar!"

She then thanked Lady Gaga, who was applauding her from the front row, before also thanking her co-stars Weisz and Stone, whom she described as "the two loveliest women in the world to go to work with.

"And any little girl who's practicing your speech on the telly, you never know!

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"I used to work as a cleaner and I spent quite a lot of my time imagining this."

The award was one of many surprises on a night without a host, as Green Book, the comedy drama starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, took home Best Picture ahead of favourite Roma.

The film, directed by Peter Farrelly and said to be based on a true story, has faced criticism since its release over the veracity of its story and the manner in which it handles issues of race.

The family of Dr Don Shirley, the musician portrayed by Mahershala Ali in a Best Supporting Actor performance, have described the film as a "symphony of lies".

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Rami Malek took home the Best Actor award for his role as Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, while Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for Roma.