The Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye Award was received by the british actress Olivia Colman. The 16th edition of the film festival was held physically and is considered one of the prestigious award ceremonies. Earlier. Actors including Jake Gyllenhaal, Andrew Garfield, Helen Hunt and Kristen Stewart were also conferred with this award.
Christian Jungen, the artistic director said to Variety, “If she were here, I would be probably bowing right now – I would see Queen Anne from ‘The Favourite’ or Queen Elizabeth from ‘The Crown’ in front of me. Indeed, she is nothing less than the current queen of Hollywood. What impressed me the most was the way she expressed the eccentricity and the tragedy of the monarch who has lost 17 children and kept 17 rabbits in her royal apartments. There are several outstanding character actresses, especially from Great Britain, but very few can cover such a wide scope.”
“Before she decided to be an actress, she wanted to be a primary school teacher, and it was during a school performance that she discovered acting. ‘Give it a year,’ her mother said. ‘I will give it 10,’ she answered. She worked hard to carve out a career. She gave it 10 years, and now her time has come,” he added.
Colman said, “I’m very humbled, and I am thrilled that the film is being shown at a proper cinema. I am really jealous! It’s special – it’s something you can’t recreate at home. It’s funny seeing all these films from when I was much younger, all the way to Queen Anne!”
She further talked about her role in The Father, It is very moving, very beautiful and Florian Zeller is a very, very clever man. For me, it’s always the script – everything is in there. It arrived at my home and I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want anyone else to play that part!”
She added, “Anthony Hopkins is playing my dad – it doesn’t get any better than this. Tony and I, we are not method. We were just playing off each other and it’s easy to just react to what he is doing. He is exactly what you would hope he will be, he has endless brilliant stories. We were sitting off set once, and he just leaned in and said: ‘Aren’t we lucky? Isn’t life beautiful?’ His kindness to everyone on set is beautiful to behold and something to aspire to.”
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