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Olivia Colman wins best actress award at the Oscars

Olivia Colman left viewers in tears with her hilarious and emotional acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Oscars.

She won the best actress award for her role in The Favourite and charmed viewers with a funny and tearful speech.

The British actress, 45, beat the likes of Glenn Close, Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy to the prize.

The star, who started out as a sidekick in TV sitcoms like Peep Show, was in shock when her name was called out.

Holding back tears on stage, Colman said: ‘It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I’ve got an Oscar!

‘If I’m really honest, I’ve always dreamed of holding an Oscar.’

She then went on to poke fun at her children, who were ‘at home watching’, telling them to make the most of the moment she won because ‘this isn’t going to happen again’.

And she endeared herself further to the audience by responding to a signal to end her speech by blowing a raspberry.

Who else won an Oscar?

Green Book won the biggest prize of the night as the surprise winner of best picture, a category largely expected to go to Roma.

Rami Malek was named best actor for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Shallow from the film A Star Is Born was named best original song.

Lady Gaga addressed her co-star Bradley Cooper as she collected the gong, saying: ‘Bradley, there is not a single person who could have sang this song with me but you.

‘If you are at home sitting on your couch and watching this now, all I can say is this is hard work.

‘I’ve worked hard for a long time. This is not about winning, what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream fight for it.

‘It’s not about how many times you are rejected and how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you stand up and keep going.’

The biggest winners

  • Bohemian Rhapsody – 4
  • Black Panther – 3
  • Green Book – 3
  • Roma – 3