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Watch Olivia Colman’s emotional tribute at the Emmys

Olivia Colman paid an emotional tribute to her father who passed away during the coronavirus pandemic in her award acceptance speech at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. 

The actress beat fellow nominees Emma Corrin, J Rodriguez, Elisabeth Moss, Jurnee Smollett and Uzo Aduba when she was awarded the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her stellar portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix Original The Crown’s fourth season.

Colman’s role has now been taken over by Imelda Staunton who will play the older version of the Queen. 

The Crown reigned supreme at the Emmys this year by winning the Outstanding Drama Series for the first time, being Netflix’s first-ever Emmy for the same. Besides, cast members like Colman, Gillian Anderson, Josh O’Connor and Tobias Mendez all went home with Emmys to their names.  

After receiving her award at a local London studio instead of attending the main ceremony, Colman began on a light-hearted note as per usual. “Thank you very much. I would have put money on that not happening,” she said. 

She continued, “This is amazing. What a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this lovely family. I loved every second of it and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

She soon paid an emotional tribute to her father whom she lost during such unprecedented times. “I’m going to be very quick because I’m very teary as I wish my Dad was here to see this. I lost my dad during COVID, and he would have loved all of this,” Colman said. 

The end of her speech had been bleeped out for she must have used an expletive while applauding May I Destroy You’s Michaela Coel who won Outstanding Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie. 

Watch her acceptance speech below: