A triumphant Olivia Colman was named best actress at last night’s Evening Standard Film Awards for her role in Paddy Considine’s directorial debut, Tyrannosaur.
In the gritty, small-scale independent film, the 38-year-old actress plays a devoutly religious charity shop worker who is serially abused by her husband.
“For people to have seen it and loved it means everything to me,” said Colman. “It’s the thing I’m proudest of.
“I’ve been very lucky and had some lovely parts but this was the first proper chance, which Paddy gave me, to do a proper, meaty role with a beautiful script. Everyone working on it felt we were making something special.”
The win comes after many celebrities, including David Baddiel, Shappi Khorsandi and Josie Lawrence, expressed their surprise at Colman being passed over by Bafta in the nominations in the best actress category earlier this year.
Elsewhere at the Evening Standard Awards, Michael Fassbender won best actor for his roles in Shame and Jane Eyre, We Need to Talk about Kevin was dubbed best film, and John Hurt won the Alexander Walker Special Award for his contribution to cinema.
“I feel very flattered, I feel very honoured, and I don’t feel that I deserve it. I really don’t,” said Hurt.
“I’m really not that modest. I can be horribly arrogant. But I don’t know what makes one deserve something like that, but I’m enormously respectful of the kindness of the people who decided to give it to me.”
Here are the results from the ceremony in full:
Best film: We Need to Talk about Kevin
Best actor: Michael Fassbender for Shame and Jane Eyre
Best actress: Olivia Colman for Tyrannosaur
Most promising newcomers: Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe for co-writing and directing Black Pond
Peter Sellers Award for comedy: The Guard
Best documentary: Senna
Best screenplay: Andrew Haigh for Weekend
London Film Museum Award for technical achievement: Robbie Ryan for his cinematography of Wuthering Heights
Alexander Walker Special Award: John Hurt for his contribution to cinema
Blockbuster of the Year, People’s Choice Award: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2