Olivia Colman scored her 5th Emmy nomination at the 73rd Emmy Awards. She received an acting nomination for her outstanding leading role in Netflix‘ ‘The Crown‘ for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. She is joined by on screen daughter-in-law Emma Corrin (Princess Diana).
‘The Crown‘ received a total of 23 nominations, including: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series (Josh O‘Connor), Drama Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Claire Foy), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Charles Dance), outstanding Supporting actress in a drama series (Gillian Anderson, Helena Bonham Carter and Emerald Fennel), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Tobias Menzies), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series („Fairytale“ And „War“) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series („War“), and more.
The winners of the 73rd Emmy Awards will be revealed on September 19, 2021 in Downtown L.A.
She may have played the Queen, but Olivia Colman thinks it’s “bizarre” that the monarch is still Australia’s head of state.
Herald Sun- She may have played the Queen on The Crown, one of the world’s most popular dramas, but Olivia Colman is just a tiny bit baffled by Australia’s interest in the real-life drama surrounding the real royal family.
“It is a bit bizarre the Queen is still your head of state,” laughs the British actor via Zoom from the London home she shares with her husband, Ed, and three children.
“In Britain, growing up with them always there, you don’t really consider them. It’s like, if you live in Sydney, you probably don’t go to the Opera House.
“I don’t go to all the incredible things in London because they’re there. And it’s the same with the royal family – they were always there so you don’t think about them. I think for people outside of the UK, they’re a much bigger deal. But I could be wrong about that!”
Colman’s stunning performance as Queen Elizabeth II won her huge acclaim (and a Golden Globe), but she says she was more than ready to hand over the reins (or the reign!) to fellow Brit, Imelda Staunton, who takes on the daunting role for the show’s final two seasons.
“I have a short attention span, so playing a role for two years is a long time for me,” Colman says. “And though I was sad to say goodbye to everybody and I really enjoyed it, I was excited to do something different. Playing the Queen, even though she is very strong and stoic and silent and she listens a lot, I wanted to [play a role] where I have a bit of a rant and be less controlled.”
Colman’s new film The Father, based on the award-winning French play, is not exactly a rant-fest but a poignant and deeply emotional ride about a woman dealing with her father’s (Anthony Hopkins) rapidly advancing dementia.
It’s a brutal, heartbreaking film about a topic many of us have either dealt with – or eventually will deal with – the declining health of ageing parents.
“My folks are still around and still together. They’re the late-70s now and there’s no sign of dementia, so hopefully, they’ve escaped it,” Colman says. “Watching that happen to your parents must be tough. I just can’t imagine watching someone that you love and admire go through that.”
Colman says when she found out she was going to star opposite fellow Oscar-winner, Hopkins, in the film she swore – a lot.
“It was like, ‘f—,” Colman laughs. “I mean, can you imagine? I’ve known his face my whole life and everything he’s done – he’s a bit of an acting God to me – and you think to yourself, you’re going to do a job with him. And I was like, ‘f— off, shut up, no way!’. And then he’s so much nicer, he’s so kind, he’s so generous, he’s so f–ing brilliant at his job. Every morning I’d say to my husband, ‘Ha, I’m going to work with Tony Hopkins!’ ”
Despite the story’s heavy emotional content, Colman says she and Hopkins would crack each other up between scenes. “I know it’s a really hard watch, but we had such a joyful time together; I know that sounds weird, but Tony tells hilarious stories and does amazing impressions. We had a lovely time, and that’s our approach to work anyway – neither of us is very method.
“Tony would lean over and whisper to me, ‘Aren’t we lucky?’ and I’d say, ‘YES!’ ” The role, which has already won her an AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards – “I was so thrilled and surprised – I’ve never been to Australia!”), has also landed Colman her second Academy Award nomination. (She won the Best Actress Oscar in 2019 for playing another queen – the wildly eccentric Queen Anne in The Favourite.)
Indeed, in recent years, the 47-year-old’s career has skyrocketed, making her one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors. And her deserved success is not just for her sheer talent but her incredible versatility; she easily navigates between drama (The Crown, Broadchurch, The Night Manager) and comedy (see her breakout performance in the UK classic, Peep Show, while her biting turn as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hideous stepmother in Fleabag literally stole the show).
THE REAL DEAL
The utterly charming Colman is also that rare type of Hollywood star – resolutely down to earth, and self-deprecating. “People get too full of themselves,” she has said.
She’s also honest about her insecurities around the constant scrutiny that comes with being in the public eye.
“I’ve got a ring light here which is meant to be more flattering,” she says pointing to a bright light above her computer screen.
“Because the moment there’s a photo from this angle,” she says, pointing up from under her chin, “everyone comments on it and you think, f— off, I wasn’t born a supermodel and I’ve had three children and my body is stretched and bits have drooped and it’s not fair everyone is expected to conform. Because I feel embarrassed if I’m meant to be dressed up for a do, or feel like people are thinking, who does she think she is – you can’t polish a turd. Anyway, I’m nice and my husband loves me.”
Colman says she navigates media scrutiny by “not really going out”. (The pandemic, she says, has helped with that.)
“But I know I’m not alone. I know many women feel negative things about themselves, and I have got marginally better. I also protect myself by not putting myself in that position as much as possible. I can see my friends whose bodies have changed, or their faces have changed over the years, and I think they’re so f—ing beautiful because they’re amazing people. I can see that just by looking at them and I want to get to that in my own head, but I’m not there yet.”
With that Colman is keen to get back to a lockdown-induced Friends marathon with her son.
“We’re always watching Friends – my younger boy loves it. I love cuddling up with him and watching it because I’m sort of reliving my 20s.”
That’s the good thing about pandemic-era home Zoom interviews – you can pop off to the next room to watch Friends with your kid.
“You can also wear slippers,” Colman continues with another huge laugh, pulling one of her feet up to the camera to reveal some very fancy silver footwear.
“The one thing about doing interviews during the pandemic is that I can wear my slippers. So … silver linings.”
don’t forget to check our photo gallery for photos from THE FATHER and more
LA Times – These days, Olivia Colman can do no wrong: Not only did she pick up an Academy Award for “The Favourite” in 2019, but she’s also been top-lining Netflix’s “The Crown” (as Queen Elizabeth II) for the last two seasons and is poised for a big Oscar season this year, paired up with Anthony Hopkins in Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Father,” which releases later this month. But there’s more to the cheery Colman than deep drama — as The Envelope discovered during a recent phone call — where she spoke about her comedic past, having a “holy s—” moment over Meryl Streep, and how she ended up as “Olivia.”
“The Father” takes a unique approach to telling the story of a man with dementia and his daughter Anne — who you play — as we experience the world from his point of view. Why was that intriguing for you?
I have never read anything from inside the eyes of the sufferer of this particular condition. Normally, you’re watching and not understanding why they’re confused. But this was so brilliantly and beautifully done, with such empathy. Why has it never been done before? God, it’s genius.
Anthony Hopkins is truly a unique individual. What’s he like to work with?
He’s divine. And we approach things in a similar way: I take the work seriously, but not myself, and he is quite similar. He’s always there, always present, and you just have to react to one another. He can tap into real emotion instantly. He kept saying, “We’re so lucky, life is wonderful. With all its nasty bits, it’s still wonderful.”
You’re an A-list Oscar winner now yourself, but have you ever been intimidated by any legends you may have worked with?
Meeting Meryl Streep was a “Holy s—ball, it’s Meryl Streep” moment. The more people you end up meeting, the more you realize every one of them is a person. It would appear that the higher up they are, the sweeter they are.
Do you feel like you have to strain for normalcy now that you’re in a hit TV show and have the film industry’s most prestigious award?
I’m very lucky; I’ve got some good friends who’d be the first to go, “rein it in.” I’ve got dogs, and they still vomit, and you have to pick it up, and you can’t be too up yourself. I don’t think my husband would find me attractive if I suddenly started demanding things.
So where do you keep that Oscar?
It’s actually in a cupboard, because I’m slightly embarrassed if people come over … I don’t want to be too “Oh, look at me!” But I open the cupboard once in a while and go, “Mm-hmm, can’t believe it’s there.”
Olivia isn’t actually your given name; you’re a Sarah. Why make the change?
You’re not allowed to have the same as someone in Equity in the actors union in the UK. So, my flat mate was called Olivia, and I loved her name and asked if I could borrow it.
And you probably wear it more proudly than she does now.
Yes, it must have really pissed her off: “That’s my name!”
You’re all about drama these days, but your earliest work was in sketch comedy. Had you always planned to segue from comedy into more serious parts later on?
I think I always dreamed of doing some really lovely meaty drama. It takes a bit of a gamble, especially if you’ve always been known for comedy. Someone has to take a punch to give you another type of role. As a kid, I wasn’t great at school, but making people laugh was useful. And, certainly, boyfriends. I didn’t ever win anyone over by how I look, but if I made him laugh, they’d say, “Oh, she’s quite fun.”
What makes you laugh?
It’s awful, but if my husband falls over, that’s the funniest thing in the world. When our kids were tiny, running between his legs and misjudging him and getting him in the nuts, there’s nothing funnier. I know that makes me bad, but that gets me to the point where I have to lie down I’m laughing so much. But poor him.
“The Crown’s” latest season is digging up a lot of old dirt on Charles and Diana. Have you been surprised at the way people are responding?
I don’t know how they’re responding, because I like to put my head in the sand. I don’t want to know. I’ve got no idea, which is the way I like it.
What’s still at the top of your bucket list of things you want to do — professionally or personally — once you get out of the house again?
I’m really boring. I just want to keep working, because the idea is it’s all going to dry up, it’s terrifying. Like, I’m really s— at everything else. I need to keep acting. I don’t have any other skills.
Following her nomination for the 2021 Satellite Awards, Olivia Colman won the Satellite Award as Best Actress in a Series (Drama/Genre). She was honoured for her role as Queen Elizabeth II which she reprised for the 4th season of Netflix’ Hit Drama ‘The Crown’. She scored the only win for the series out of its 5 nominations.
Olivia was beaten to her second possible Award for her supporting role in Florian Zeller‘s ‘The Father‘ by Amanda Seyfried who received the Award as Actress in a Supporting Role. ‘The Father‘ still received recognition at the Satellite Awards, with a win for Florian Zeller & Christopher Hampton in Screenplay, Adapted.
Olivia Colman scored a total of 3 nominations at the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, topping her double nominations at the Golden Globes and Satellite Awards. Olivia received recognition in both television and motion picture. She got nominated twice for her leading role in Netflix‘ ‘The Crown‘ as part of the show’s cast (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series) and for her solo act as Queen Elizabeth II for her Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, a category where she was joined by Emma Corrin (Princess Diana) and Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher). ‘The Crown‘ received a total of 5 nominations, including further a nomination for Josh O‘Connor (Prince Charles) for his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. Olivia‘s performance as daughter Anne in Florian Zeller‘s ‘The Father‘ got her a nomination in the SAG Award’s Motion Picture category. Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Olivia is up for an Award alongside on-screen Father Anthony Hopkins, who received recognition for his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. The winners will be revealed on Sunday April 4, 2021.
Female Actor In a Supporting Role in Film
Olivia Colman- The Father
Glenn Close- Hillbilly Elegy
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Yun-Jung Youn- Minari
Helena Zengel- News of The World
Femala Actor In A Drama Series
Olivia Colman- The Crown
Emma Corrin- The Crown
Gillian Anderson- The Crown
Laura Linney- Ozark
Julia Garner- Ozark
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in A Drama Series
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