Olivia Colman gives a sweet shoutout during her SAG Awards acceptance speech for The Crown

'We are very lucky in the U.K. to have you'

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It's safe to say Olivia Colman is having a moment. The royally talented actress, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, accepted the title of outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at the SAG Awards but chose to highlight the true winners of 2020 during her speech.

"We'd all like to say thank you to our wonderful national health service during this very peculiar year. We are very lucky in the U.K. to have you. Thank you all very much," she said. 

The beloved drama about the British monarch earned even more recognition during the virtual ceremony: Gillian Anderson took home the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series. (Although she beat Olivia, there are certainly no hard feelings amongst these royals.)

Sadly, the show will not return to streaming services until 2022 (cue the tears), but Olivia is keeping busy in the meantime. She is set to star in the 'darkly comic' Landscapers, which will focus on the 1998 Mansfield ‘garden bodies’ murders. A bit of a switch, to say the least, but we're ready for her next role! While she's at it, perhaps she could also convince Phoebe Waller-Bridge that Fleabag very much needs and deserves a third season. 

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Although one of Hollywood's biggest nights was forced to go digital, the occasion didn't skimp on fashionable outfits (psst: this is Olivia's red carpet go-to) and extraordinary moments. In fact, the 2021 show made history. For the first time in the show's 27-year history, all four individual acting SAG Awards were received by people of color. Daniel Kaluuya, the late Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, and Youn Yuh-Jung all took home the top achievements for their performances in Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Minari, respectively.

Danielle Valente

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