Barely two weeks after scoring an Oscar statuette, Olivia Colman made a return on the podium at the annual British Film Institute chairman’s dinner, hosted by BFI chair Josh Berger. Colman was awarded the BFI fellowship for her comic performance in ‘The Favourite’, which crowned her an Oscar glory, last month.
To present her with the honour was her immediate past director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), who applauded her brilliance on screen with the words, “There isn’t an actor who can infuse each moment on screen with such great humanity, drama and humour. No one can appear so fragile, magnetic, fierce, funny and real from one second to the next, or all at the same time.”
Still reminiscing of her memorable Oscar winning speech, the actress threw yet another hilarious one in the wake of her honourary excitement upon receiving the award. She said, “I didn’t know what to expect this evening. It turns out it’s a bit like a birthday party…on the back of a lovely year.”
Coming in as the star of the night, Colman wore a draped neck black thigh high slit gown with tailored satin crepe trousers fashioned on the inside. She complemented her look with the Lola rings and Luna earnings from the Atelier Swarovski by Penelope Cruz jewellery collection.
Speaking of her achievements by far this year, Berger disclosed about Colman, “I am thrilled the BFI has given its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship to Olivia Colman, at such an exciting point in her career. Olivia is a brilliant comic actor and one of the industry’s finest dramatic performers. Her ability to be relatable in such a diverse range of roles generates incredible warmth and admiration from audiences. The Favourite is firmly up there as one of the best films of recent years and showcases Olivia’s extraordinary and nuanced performance, which is fittingly being acknowledged by critics and audiences all over the world.”
In the recently ended awards season this year, Colman nabbed the best actress win prizes against Glenn Close, where they both started off by winning a Golden Globe award, one for each side comedy and drama. Colman later lost the SAG award and Critic’s Choice award to Glenn, but came back and swept off the BAFTA prize, which finally led to her the biggest win of the season, Oscar.
The British Film Fellowship in previous years, has awarded famous actresses such as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett.