Golden Globes 2019: Olivia Colman wins big with quintessentially British speech

Posted by
Kayleigh Dray
backgroundLayer 1
Add this article to your list of favourites
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for 'The Favourite' winner Olivia Colman poses in the press room during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage,)

Because not all heroes wear capes.

God save our gracious Olivia Colman.

The actress, who will soon be appearing on Netflix as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, was awarded for her portrayal of another famous British queen at this year’s Golden Globes. We are talking, of course, about her stint as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

So it makes perfect sense that, when stepping up to collect her gong for best actress in a musical or comedy, Colman decided to deliver the most quintessentially British speech of all time ever. 

“Cor blimey, thank you so much,” she said, before adding a heartfelt “thank you for the sandwiches”.

Growing more serious as she contemplated her audience, Colman continued: “I’m not going to cry because my entire table will point and laugh at me as I’ve been crying all evening.”

 “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.”

Turning her attention to director Yorgos Lanthimos and her co-stars, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, Coleman said: “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.”

Yes, she really did say “thank you the most muchly”. Yes, she really did refer to those decorated actresses as “ma bitches”. And yes, she really is the most delightful human being to ever grace the Golden Globes stage.

Colman concluded her speech with a shout-out to her husband Ed Sinclair, saying: “Ed and the kids, look! Yay!”

You may also like

The Favourite is unlike any period drama you’ve ever seen before

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. And we imagine that, with many more awards shows to come, she will be picking up more than a few gongs throughout the year, too.

Throw in her hugely anticipated performance in The Crown, and it seems as if the world is Queen Olivia’s for the taking!

Image: Getty


Share this article


Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.