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 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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Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes to star in dark comedy The Menu

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu. The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a…

Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star in director Alexander Payne’s upcoming movie The Menu.

The Descendants director will be helming the dark satirical comedy, which focuses on an eccentric culinary event at an exclusive restaurant on a remote tropical island that becomes “the hot ticket to die for”, according to Deadline.

The Harry Potter star will play a world-class chef who sets up the event and “adds some unexpected ingredients to the menu planned”, and the Oscar-winning La La Land star will play one half of an A-list foodie couple which takes part in the event.

According to the publication, the movie has been described as a Quentin Tarantino-style take on 2006 documentary The One Percent, which explores the gap between the wealthy elite and the general American public. It has been tagged as both a comedy and horror on the IMDb movie database.

The script is being penned by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver staff writer Will Tracy and Late Night with Seth Meyers’ writer Seth Reiss. It is being produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who announced over the weekend (06-07Apr19) that they were ending their 13-year production partnership. Existing projects at the firm will be developed until completion, with the same attached producers in place, before they go their separate ways.

The Menu will mark Payne’s next feature after 2017’s Downsizing. He is also known for films such as Nebraska, About Schmidt, and Election.

Stone, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year for The Favourite, recently completed filming Zombieland sequel Double Tap and has also reprised her voice role in The Croods 2.

Fiennes is attached to many projects in development. He is currently filming Bond 25 and Kingsman prequel The Great Game.

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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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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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Rachel Weisz was stunned to discover nerdy About a Boy co-star was such a gifted actor

Rachel Weisz struggled to take her The Favourite co-star Nicholas Hoult seriously, because she kept having flashbacks to their 2002 film About a Boy – when he was a “nerdy” 11 year old. The actress admits Hoult, who plays devious politician Harley in …

Rachel Weisz struggled to take her The Favourite co-star Nicholas Hoult seriously, because she kept having flashbacks to their 2002 film About a Boy – when he was a “nerdy” 11 year old.

The actress admits Hoult, who plays devious politician Harley in the period comedy, was “an eccentric oddball” when they last worked together and she was quite surprised to see him all grown up.

“Nicholas was a very small boy, around 11, when I worked with him in About A Boy,” Weisz says. “He was kind of like a nerdy kid in the sweetest possible way. He was an eccentric oddball in the best way and so was his character.

“He’s grown up into this incredibly gifted, versatile actor, and he’s extremely funny in The Favourite. But whenever I looked at him… I kept seeing the nerdy child. He looks like Adonis now, but I still see the nerdy child.”

Chris and Paul Weitz’s 2002 movie also featured Hugh Grant and Toni Collette, who played the struggling single mum of Hoult’s character Marcus Brewer.

Hoult is all grown up now and recently became a first-time father – he and his girlfriend Bryana Holly welcomed the child last April (18), and recently confessed his kid has changed his life.

“Having a baby puts you in this place where you go, ‘Oh, OK, this human is going to change a lot…’ It makes you value time differently, which is why I talk very quickly in interviews now, because I need to get home,” Nicholas told the Evening Standard’s ES magazine.

Neither Nicholas nor Bryana have revealed the gender or name of their child.

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Olivia Colman to be honoured with BFI Fellowship

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 …

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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The Favourite and Roma lead 2019 Oscar nominations

The Favourite and Roma lead the nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards with 10 each. The period-drama, about two cousins vying to be Queen Anne’s favourite, landed nominations on Tuesday (22Jan19) for categories including Best Picture, Best Ac…

The Favourite and Roma lead the nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards with 10 each.

The period-drama, about two cousins vying to be Queen Anne’s favourite, landed nominations on Tuesday (22Jan19) for categories including Best Picture, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, Best Supporting Actress for co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos plus a host of technical categories such as Best Costume Design.

It was joint top with Mexican film Roma, which was nominated in both the Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film categories, while its stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina De Tavira were surprise additions in the leading and supporting actress categories. Its director Alfonso Cuaron achieved a major haul of his own, with nods for directing, screenplay, and cinematography.

The other nominees for Best Picture are BlacKkKlansman, A Star Is Born, Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, and Black Panther, the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture. Christian Bale was recognised for his depiction of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, and the other Best Actor nominees are Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), and Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate).

Lady Gaga achieved her first acting Oscar nomination for A Star Is Born, as well as a second for Best Original Song, and her, Colman and Aparicio will compete against Glenn Close for The Wife and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? for Best Actress.

The other nominees for the Best Supporting Actress prize include Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Amy Adams (Vice), while the male equivalent is a competition between Mahershala Ali (Green Book), Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman) and Sam Rockwell (Vice).

The nominations were announced by Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani.

The 91st Academy Awards will take place on 24 February (19) at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony is currently without a host after comedian Kevin Hart stepped down after receiving backlash over old controversial tweets.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:

BlacKkKlansman

A Star Is Born

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

Bohemian Rhapsody

Black Panther

Vice

Best Actor:

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Christian Bale – Vice

Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

Best Actress:

Glenn Close – The Wife

Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma

Best Supporting Actress:

Emma Stone – The Favourite

Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk

Amy Adams – Vice

Marina De Tavira – Roma

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Sam Elliott – A Star is Born

Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Adam Driver- BlacKkKlansman

Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best Director:

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

Adam McKay – Vice

Best Original Screenplay:

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – The Favourite

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Adam McKay – Vice

Paul Schrader – First Reformed

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee – BlackKklansman

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth, Will Fetters – A Star is Born

Joel and Ethan Coen – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Original Score:

Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson

BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard

If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell

Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat

Original Song:

Shallow – A Star is Born

All the Stars – Black Panther

I’ll Fight – RBG

The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns

When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Foreign Language Film:

Roma – Mexico

Never Look Away – Germany

Cold War – Poland

Shoplifters – Japan

Capernaum – Lebanon

Documentary Feature:

Free Solo

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Of Fathers and Sons

Minding the Gap

RBG

Animated Feature:

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mirai

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Cinematography:

Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

Cold War – Lukasz Zal

A Star is Born – Matty Libatique

The Favourite – Robbie Ryan

Visual effects:

Christopher Robin

First Man

Avengers: Infinity War

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ready Player One

Costume Design:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres

Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell

Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Production Design:

Black Panther – Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart

The Favourite – Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton

Mary Poppins Returns – John Myhre and Gordon Sim

First Man – Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas

Roma – Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez

Make-up and Hairstyling:

Border

Mary Queen of Scots

Vice

Film Editing:

BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman

The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito

Vice – Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

First Man

A Quiet Place

Bohemian Rhapsody

Black Panther

Roma

Sound Mixing:

Black Panther

A Star is Born

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

Roma

Animated Short Film:

Animal Behaviour

Bao

Late Afternoon

Weekends

One Small Step

Live-action Short Film:

Skin

Mother

Detainment

Marguerite

Fauve

Documentary Short Subject:

Black Sheep

Lifeboat

A Night At the Garden

Period. End of Sentence

End Game

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