They say that winning an Oscar is the culmination of an actor’s work repertoire. But, as the norm has been, most actor’s win the award owing to their performance in a movie in the current year.
But if the former is true, the Oscar should go to Olivia Colman for her poignant performance as Queen Anne in the frontrunning ‘The Favourite’.
Even though the 45-year-old Colman is touted to win the Best Female Actor Oscar, she faces stiff competition by another acting heavyweight, Glenn Close for her stellar performance in another Oscar favorite ‘The Wife’.
It is said that winning the Oscar will be the perfect way to commend Colman’s 20 year long career in television and movies. But the spotlight cannot be taken away from Close’s 40 year long career either. Close has been nominated for the Best Female Actor Oscar seven times since 1982 (including one for The Wife) but has never won.
Close already beat expectations and won the Golden Globe, the SAG award and the Critic’s Choice award beating the audience favourite Lady Gaga, who gave a spectacular performance in Bradley Cooper-directed A Star is Born.
But Colman, who has been the dark horse uptil now, is said to be the favorite to win the Oscar and Close is said to come in a close second.
Colman’s Television Career
Though there is no clear indication as to when the British actor began her career in the entertainment industry, according to imdb.com, her first acting credit is for the 2000 television series Bruiser.
Colman appeared in numerous supporting roles in television series in Britain from 2000 to 2003 like People Like Us, The Office (the British version), The Mitchell and Webb Situation.
She also has been a regular performer on BBC Radio 4 comedies as well. She has appeared in shows like Concrete Cow, Think the Unthinkable, The House of Milton Jones and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Her most memorable performance on radio was as the voice of Minka, the Polish secretary in the Radio 4 comedy Hut 33, set in a fictional codebreaking hut of the real-life Bletchley Park during World War II.
She was a longtime collaborator with the comedians Mitchell and Webb. She worked with them from 2003 to 2015, though she left the show ‘tearfully’ after her agent told her to ‘expand her horizons’. She continued to do guest spots on their radio show till 2015 when the show was finally pulled off the air.
Though she continued her television appearances till 2013 and became a household name, her breakthrough role came as DS Ellie Miller in ITV’s Broadchurch (which is available on Netflix). She was nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Actress and won a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her performance.
Her next big role came in 2016’s The Night Manager, where she appeared alongside Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston. Colman received praise for her performance as Angela Burr in the AMC/BBC miniseries The Night Manager, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and won a Golden Globe Award.
Her next appearance will be as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s wildly successful drama, the Crown where she will be playing the role that made Claire Foy famous. She was cast in the role in October 2017 and she discussed her role extensively on the Graham Norton Show in 2018.
Colman’s Movie Appearances
Colman entered film acting much later in her career. Even though she began her film acting career in 2006 with Confetti, a mockumentary where she played a naturist, her breakout role did not come till 2011.
In 2011, she starred in Paddy Cosidine’s Tyrannosaur for which she won the BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film and the Empire Award for Best Actress. She had previously starred in Cosidine’s 2007 short film The Dog Altogether.
After that, there was no stopping her. Colman then went on to play Carol Thatcher in the 2011 Academy Award-winning drama film The Iron Lady, with Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent, for which she was awarded the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year.
She then starred in Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2015 absurdist dystopian film The Lobster with Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell, for which she was nominated for the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year and won the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She has been nominated for the Best Female Actor Oscar in her second collaboration with Lanthimo
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