Olivia Colman wins best actress award at Venice Film Festival

She won for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

Olivia Colman has won best actress for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite, at the 75th Venice Film Festival.

The film, by Yorgos Lanthimos, is about the women surrounding the queen.

Roma, Alfonso Cuaron’s intimate, black-and-white portrait of the women who raised him in Mexico City’s turbulent 1970s, won the top prize at the Festival.

Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman stars in The Favourite (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Cuaron accepted the Leone d’Oro on Saturday, which he said was the birthday of the woman who inspired the lead character Cleo, a young domestic worker with her own troubles amid political strife in the city’s Roma neighbourhood.

The jury prize also went to The Favourite.

Best director went to Jacques Audiard for The Sisters and Brothers.

Willem Dafoe picked up best actor for At Eternity’s Gate, Julian Schnabel’s homage to Vincent Van Gogh.

Guillermo del Toro headed the jury.

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