In a shocking twist that left gays around the world gasping for air, dark horse Olivia Colman took home the Oscar for best actress at the 2019 Academy Awards, for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, beating out expected winner Glenn Close. After months of campaigning and countless versions of the "there can be 100 people in the room and 99 of them don't believe in you" speech, both Close and early frontrunner Lady Gaga were beaten out by a literal lesbian queen. Gay rights!
Besides Close and Gaga, Close also nudged out Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). In her delightfully frazzled acceptance speech, Colman said winning was "genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious...I got an Oscar!" Colman promised that anyone she forgot to thank would get a "massive snog" later. She called co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz "the two loveliest women in the world to fall in love with and go to work with every day.
"You can imagine it wasn't a hardship to be in this category with these extraordinary women. Glenn Close, you've been my idol for so long and this isn't how I wanted it to be and I think you're amazing and I love you very much."
Colman also thanked Lady Gaga by literally just screaming "Lady Gaga!" In case you missed it the first time: gay rights!