Olivia Colman is to be honoured with the British Film Institute (BFI)’s Fellowship accolade next month (Mar18).
The Favourite star will be awarded the institution’s most prestigious honour during the BFI Chairman’s dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London on 6 March (19) in recognition of her contribution to British film and TV and her “distinctive and prodigious acting talents and the huge impact she has on audiences all over the world”.
“I’m absolutely bowled over,” the actress said in a statement. “The BFI is a wonderful organisation and that I will soon be in a Fellowship with so many of my heroes is an honour that is hard to compute. Thank you a thousand times, I really am thrilled.”
BFI Chair Josh Berger said, “I am thrilled the BFI is giving 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.”
The British actress follows in the footsteps of previous honorees including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, and Martin Scorsese.
Olivia, who will play Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming season of The Crown, is currently nominated for a Best Actress Oscar and BAFTA for her portrayal of eccentric Queen Anne in The Favourite. She was beaten to the Golden Globe and SAG awards by Glenn Close for The Wife.
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