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2019 Oscars

Olivia Colman wins Best Actress Oscar over Glenn Close in upset

In one of the only major upsets of the 2019 Oscars, Olivia Colman won Best Actress on Sunday over the frontrunner, Glenn Close.

Colman in her acceptance speech recognized that Close was widely expected to win the award, telling Close, "You've been my idol for so long, and this is not how I wanted it to be."

Close had been the frontrunner in this race ever since she won at the 2019 Golden Globes, and although Colman did also win at Golden Globes and the BAFTA awards, most did not expect this to lead to an Oscar victory.

Instead, pundits predicted voters would feel Close's time had finally come. After all, with seven nominations, Close is the most nominated living actor who has never won an Oscar, per the Los Angeles Times. With Colman's surprise win for The Favourite, that has not changed.