Olivia Colman joins Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut

Maggie Gyllenhaal has cast Oscar winner Olivia Colman in her directorial debut The Lost Daughter.The 46-year-old joins Chernobyl’s Jessie Buckley, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, and Gyllenhaal’s husband Peter Sarsgaard in the big-screen adap…

Maggie Gyllenhaal has cast Oscar winner Olivia Colman in her directorial debut The Lost Daughter.

The 46-year-old joins Chernobyl’s Jessie Buckley, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, and Gyllenhaal’s husband Peter Sarsgaard in the big-screen adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel.

As well as directing, Gyllenhaal has also written the script and will serve as one of the producers, according to editors at Variety.

The Lost Daughter follows the story of a college professor, played by Colman, who begins to struggle with her own psychological trauma after meeting a young woman, played by Johnson, and her daughter while on vacation.

In a statement, Gyllenhaal said she was “disturbed and comforted” after reading Ferrante’s novel, and was immediately inspired to bring the story to life.

“When I finished reading Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter, I felt that something secret and true had been said out loud,” she shared. “I immediately thought how much more intense the experience would be in a movie theatre, with other people around. And I set to work on this adaptation.

“I find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and exciting actors and filmmakers.”

Colman, who the Best Actress Oscar for The Favourite last year, is currently filming season four of The Crown, which will premiere later this year on Netflix.

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Awkwafina makes history with Golden Globes win

Awkwafina made history when she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy prize at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night. The Crazy Rich Asians actress, real name Nora Lum, beat Knives Out’s Ana de Armas, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, Late Night’s …

Awkwafina made history when she won the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy prize at the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday night.

The Crazy Rich Asians actress, real name Nora Lum, beat Knives Out’s Ana de Armas, Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein, Late Night’s Emma Thompson, and Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette to win the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical prize for her role in The Farewell.

With her win, the 31-year-old became the first person of Asian descent to win that category and win a lead actress Golden Globe for a film.

No Asian woman had ever been nominated in the category until last year, when her Crazy Rich Asians co-star Constance Wu landed on the shortlist and was subsequently beaten by Olivia Colman for The Favourite. At the 2019 awards ceremony, Sandra Oh became the first Asian to win Best Actress in a TV show for Killing Eve.

First-time nominee Awkwafina, whose father is Chinese-American and late mother was South Korean, acknowledged her historic win backstage by saying, “I just heard that fact and it was pretty mind-blowing. There’s also this other feeling that you want there to be more, and I hope this is just the beginning.”

In her acceptance speech, Awkwafina joked to the star-studded audience at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, “This is great. If I ever fall on hard times, I’m gonna sell this, so that’s great.

“I’ve never been to the Golden Globes, so I’m here now and it’s this and it’s great. Most importantly, to Lulu Wang, our incredible director. You gave me this chance, this chance of a lifetime and taught me so much.”

She dedicated the award to her father, praised her paternal grandmother, whom she described as her “best friend”, and thanked her late mum, commenting that she “always hoped was watching from somewhere above and I hope she’s watching now.”

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Olivia Colman struggled to drop The Favourite weight ahead of The Crown shoot

Olivia Colman had a difficult time getting into shape for The Crown after packing on the pounds for her Oscar-winning role in The Favourite.The British actress gained weight for her portrayal of Queen Anne in the period drama and insists she “probably”…

Olivia Colman had a difficult time getting into shape for The Crown after packing on the pounds for her Oscar-winning role in The Favourite.

The British actress gained weight for her portrayal of Queen Anne in the period drama and insists she “probably” will not undertake the challenge again as she struggled to get back to her slender form ahead of the royal drama, in which she stars as Queen Elizabeth II.

“I had to put on a lot of weight for Queen Anne in The Favourite but I had to lose a lot of weight for this,” she told OK! Magazine of her performance on The Crown.

And she clarified that she was the one suggesting she should lose a few pounds, not the series’ producers.

“Well, I didn’t have to, because everyone was very polite and nice, but I said, ‘I need to lose weight.’ They were very sweet and supportive about it,” the 45-year-old shared. “It would have felt a bit wrong to play Queen Elizabeth II as the same size as Queen Anne. I probably wouldn’t say yes to putting on weight again for a job because it’s been very difficult to lose.”

The star also revealed that she had a bit too much fun playing the stern-faced monarch on the show.

“Well, I’m not supposed to smile as much as I do, that was fun,” she laughed.

Colman takes over from Claire Foy as The Queen in the third season of the Netflix hit – set between 1964 and 1977 – which begins streaming on 17 November.

Helena Bonham Carter, Tobias Menzies, Josh O’Connor, and Charles Dance also appear on the show.

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Olivia Colman conquered red carpet anxiety with Stella McCartney cape

Olivia Colman conquered her severe anxiety about red carpet events by wearing a Stella McCartney cape.In her cover interview with U.S. Vogue magazine, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about how she suffered from debilitating nerves before going on s…

Olivia Colman conquered her severe anxiety about red carpet events by wearing a Stella McCartney cape.

In her cover interview with U.S. Vogue magazine, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about how she suffered from debilitating nerves before going on stage or appearing at award ceremonies and film premieres.

“I get genuinely terrified: panic attack, dry mouth. The fear manifested itself as adrenaline before, but now it’s just fear,” the 45-year-old said. “A lot of people take on a pretend persona, but I’m crippled by it. I feel embarrassed.”

However, it was while Colman was at the Venice Film Festival promoting The Favourite last year that she was able to confidently walk the red carpet while wearing an all-black tailored jumpsuit by Stella McCartney which featured a sweeping floor-length cape.

“I felt, I can do this, I can do this. I’d always used clothes as a sort of mask. I discovered that they can make you feel strong and powerful,” she explained.

Despite her success, the British actress told the fashion bible that she struggled to feel comfortable with her body when she was younger.

“I look up pictures of myself as a teenager, and I think I was gorgeous. But I didn’t feel that. All those little comments through those precious years can have long-lasting negative effects. You see images of a perfect person and say, ‘I can never be that,'” Colman shared.

Now, she’s beginning to look at herself in a different light after welcoming three children with husband Ed Sinclair.

“Over the years, pounds have gone on, and my body has changed; I’ve had children. If someone doesn’t like me because of the size of my bum, they can f**k off. Because I’m quite a nice person to be with, actually,” she fired.

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Olivia Colman asked Phoebe Waller-Bridge for part in Bond 25

Olivia Colman once asked Phoebe Waller-Bridge if she could have a part in Bond 25. British writer/actress Waller-Bridge was reportedly hired to add more depth to the female characters in the upcoming spy thriller at the request of leading man Daniel…

Olivia Colman once asked Phoebe Waller-Bridge if she could have a part in Bond 25. 

British writer/actress Waller-Bridge was reportedly hired to add more depth to the female characters in the upcoming spy thriller at the request of leading man Daniel Craig, alongside longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.  

Now, Colman has confessed she has asked her friend and former co-star if she could sneak her a little role in the as-yet-untitled 25th Bond movie. 

“Oh, trust me, I’ve tried!” the Academy Award-winning actress told Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve asked!” 

Elsewhere in the interview, Colman revealed she had begged the 34-year-old to let her star in her acclaimed show Fleabag, and even had the opportunity to have the part of Godmother especially written for her.  

“I think I begged Phoebe to be in it, when she was writing the first (season). She’s extraordinary and it’s a pleasure to say anything that she’s written. And also, to film it, is so much fun, because they’re my mates,” she explained. “I will be eternally grateful to Phoebe, because she said, ‘What sort of things do you want to say?’ And I went, ‘Could you write me someone who’s a total ****.’ So, she made up this person for me. Yeah. I always wanted to play the baddie and she’s written a really good one.” 

Elsewhere in the chat, Colman was full of praise for Waller-Bridge, who is also the brains behind another TV hit, Killing Eve, and noted that she appeared to have a “built-in confidence” when it came to penning the second season of Fleabag. 

“She thought, ‘Okay, I know what I’m doing, I’m just going to really let rip.’ And she did. The first episode of the second series, to me, was like a piece of theatre, a piece of writing that I would have studied at school,” the 45-year-old insisted.   

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Olivia Colman to be honoured with Raindance film festival’s first Icon Award

Olivia Colman is to be honoured with the inaugural Icon Award by bosses of London’s Raindance film festival.  The British actress, who won the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Oscar for The Favourite earlier this year, is set to receive another honour…

Olivia Colman is to be honoured with the inaugural Icon Award by bosses of London’s Raindance film festival.

  The British actress, who won the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Oscar for The Favourite earlier this year, is set to receive another honour in recognition of her career. 

  Colman will be bestowed with the first-ever Icon Award from Raindance film festival executives on 20 August at The May Fair Hotel in London, the same day the programme for the 2019 festival is launched. 

  “Raindance has reigned over Britain’s independent film scene for 27 years,” Colman said in a statement. “Many of our industry’s most important voices have been amplified because of Raindance, and it remains a place where non-mainstream stories can be told, and where underdogs can flourish. I’m incredibly proud to be the recipient of the Raindance Icon Award.”

  The Fleabag star, who will be seen playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown later this year, already has a connection with Raindance. She served on the jury and helped judge competing films in 2016 and has won a total of four acting awards at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs), the ceremony set up by Raindance in 1998.

  According to Screen Daily, the Icon Award is adapted from the Raindance Auteur award, an honorary prize previously given to directors such as Terry Gilliam, Guy Ritchie, and Ken Loach. The honour has been renamed to cover a broader range of talent. 

  In a statement, Raindance founder Elliot Grove said Colman was the obvious choice for the prize. 

“When faced with a decision of who might receive our inaugural Icon Award and all that it implies, the choice was simple,” he said. “Raindance is delighted to celebrate Olivia’s ongoing contribution to U.K. film.”

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Olivia Colman tearfully accepts BFI Fellowship honour

Olivia Colman became emotional as she accepted the BFI Fellowship honour on Wednesday night (06Mar19). The British star, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in a shock win for The Favourite in February, was presented with the British Film Institute’s…

Olivia Colman became emotional as she accepted the BFI Fellowship honour on Wednesday night (06Mar19).

The British star, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in a shock win for The Favourite in February, was presented with the British Film Institute’s highest honour by her The Favourite and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos at the Rosewood Hotel in London.

Accepting the prize, she reflected on her “lovely year” and became visibly emotional as she said she didn’t feel worthy of the honour.

“I didn’t know what to expect this evening, turns out it’s like a surprise birthday. It’s amazing, and I keep seeing lovely people that I love,” the 45-year-old shared. “Also, recently I’ve realised how us in front of the camera get far too much love and adoration from people because without the writers and directors we are nothing, so thank you… I don’t feel worthy of this and I’m really very grateful. Thank you so much.”

Presenting the honour, Lanthimos gushed over his collaborator, and stated, “There isn’t an actor who can infuse each moment onscreen 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.”

Colman’s The Crown co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies attended the event to support the actress, while actors such as Richard E. Grant, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Hollander, and director Richard Curtis, were among the other stars to make appearances.

The BFI Fellowship is awarded to those who have made a special contribution to television and film. Previous recipients include Bonham Carter, Morgan and Redgrave, as well as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Cate Blanchett, and Martin Scorsese, among others.

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Emilia Wickstead: ‘Olivia Colman is incredible’

Emilia Wickstead “loved” spending time in Olivia Colman’s presence ahead of dressing her for the BAFTAs.The English actress stormed to victory at the prizegiving last month (Feb19), beating Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and Melissa McCarthy to th…

Emilia Wickstead “loved” spending time in Olivia Colman’s presence ahead of dressing her for the BAFTAs.

The English actress stormed to victory at the prizegiving last month (Feb19), beating Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and Melissa McCarthy to the Best Actress Award for her darkly comedic turn in The Favourite.

For the London awards do, she opted for a black and white Emilia Wickstead gown, which her stylist Mary Fellowes helped pick for her.

“Working with Olivia and Mary has been an incredible journey,” Wickstead beamed to British Vogue. “The play on tone of shadow and light is something that Mary loved about the design of the dress, and there’s a beautiful element of ‘old world’ in its cut, design lines and colour palette. I have loved fitting Olivia and being in her presence – she is an incredible person with superb energy.”

Former Vogue stylist Mary has been working with the Broadchurch actress since late 2017, after they were introduced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge ahead of Olivia’s promotional tour for Murder on the Orient Express.

As well as the BAFTA, Olivia also scooped a Golden Globe and Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ film – so all eyes have firmly been on the 45-year-old this awards season.

“Olivia is a strong woman, a working mother and an independent thinker. All I’ve ever sought to do with her clothing is to make her feel empowered and like herself,” Mary shared.

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Rosamund Pike explains the importance of Armani clothes

Rosamund Pike favours Armani clothes because they allow her “true form” to be revealed.The English actress has her pick of designers when it comes to dressing for glitzy showbiz events, but you’ll often find her wearing pieces from Giorgio Armani’s nam…

Rosamund Pike favours Armani clothes because they allow her “true form” to be revealed.

The English actress has her pick of designers when it comes to dressing for glitzy showbiz events, but you’ll often find her wearing pieces from Giorgio Armani’s namesake label.

She sat front row at the designer’s Milan Fashion Week show on Saturday (23Feb19), and opened up about why she’s such a big fan of the Italian label.

“At Armani, there’s a way the clothes follow the body that means your true form is revealed,” she enthused to The Guardian. “I felt that the first time I ever put on a pair of Armani trousers when I did my Bond film. I thought: ‘this works for my body'”.

The Gone Girl actress was in a tailored black suit for the Fall/ Winter 19 presentation, and was joined by Naomi Watts and Austin Mahone at the show.

She also spoke about the importance of clothes as a whole.

“Clothes have their own energy. They should never feel like costume. You should be able to buy into the energy of a good suit or a wonderful dress. Wearing them should feel effortless,” she smiled.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Glenn Close was feted at Armani’s Beverly Hills boutique ahead of Sunday night’s Oscars.

Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Sara Sampaio were among the stars who turned out for the stylish event, which was held after Close scooped the Best Female Lead at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

“Mr. Armani was the first designer to work with me,” she said to the Los Angeles Times.

Close, who lost out to Olivia Colman for the Best Actress Oscar, added to WWD: “The first important blazer I bought was a black, double-breasted Armani, it was in the Eighties when they had those amazing shoulders. And then the first fancy dress I borrowed was from Armani, for the first Kennedy Center honours I went to (in 1984). I still have the blazer. I probably have all my Armani suits because all through the ’90s, that’s all that I wore.”

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Charlize Theron and Emilia Clarke stun at the Oscars with brunette transformations

Charlize Theron and Emilia Clarke stunned on the Oscars red carpet as they debuted their major hair transformations. The South African-born actress, who won an Academy Award for her role in Monster back in 2004, ditched her signature blonde sleek hair…

Charlize Theron and Emilia Clarke stunned on the Oscars red carpet as they debuted their major hair transformations.

The South African-born actress, who won an Academy Award for her role in Monster back in 2004, ditched her signature blonde sleek hairdo for a deep chestnut hue chopped into a chic chin-length bob.

Charlize, 43, showed off her new look at the prestigious ceremony on Sunday (24Feb19), and completed the look with a backless powder blue Dior Haute Couture gown, with Bulgari jewellery.

Hairstylist Adir Abergel shared the Mad Max star’s transformation in a post on Instagram. “Decided to chop it all off before the big moment. #cantwaittoshare #oscars2019 #hairbyadir,” he captioned the snap of him cutting Charlize’s hair.

And she wasn’t the only one to debut a new look on the red carpet.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke also got bitten by the brunette bug, and shared her new ‘do on social media before arriving at the Oscars.

“Blondes have more fun eh?! Well I will see about that this fine #oscar2019 evening….. let the good times roll,” she captioned a snap of her in the back of a car on her way to the ceremony.

The 32-year-old Brit was wearing a sculpted lilac shimmering Balmain gown, and revealed to E! News that she actually dyed her own locks with a DIY kit hours before the Oscars.

Her fellow brunettes also wowed on the red carpet, with Best Actress winner Olivia Colman in an A-line turtleneck gown in emerald green silk created by Prada, with a smokey-grey silk organza cape with puffed sculpted sleeves.

Melissa McCarthy, who was nominated alongside Olivia on Sunday, stunned in a caped black and white jumpsuit, while Rachel Weisz wore a daring red latex and tulle dress by Givenchy.

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