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  • Actor-Inspired Element: Emma Stone suggested Abigail being found topless by Sarah.
  • Beauty Inversion:
    • Attractive Olivia Colman being overweight and looking increasingly haggard as the film progresses.
    • Nicholas Hoult covering up his fine features with overly pale and gaudy makeup and a ridiculously oversized powdered wig.
  • Dark Horse Victory: While she had won a Golden Globe and BAFTA, Olivia Colman was still seen as unlikely for the Best Actress Oscar. That was because she was going up against Glenn Close who had also won a Globe, tied for the Critic's Choice (Colman had won the Comedy category but was nominated for and lost the "main" prize to Close), and won the Screen Actors Guild award (which was almost always a sign of an Oscar win). Throw in that it was Close's seventh nomination with no victories and it's no wonder most thought she had it locked in. Instead, in a huge upset, Colman won Best Actress to the delight of her co-stars. During her speech, an absolutely shocked Colman expressed admiration for Close and apologized for the upset.
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  • Dyeing for Your Art: Olivia Colman gained 35 lbs to play Queen Anne.
  • Fake Brit: Emma Stone is American and plays Abigail Hill, who is English.
  • Production Posse: Yorgos Lanthimos directed Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman in The Lobster.
  • Star-Making Role: Already a beloved, big name in the UK, this film was the first time many Americans had seen Olivia Colman, and her profile greatly rose among the states afterwards.
  • Typecasting: Olivia Colman had already played a royal in Hyde Park on Hudson. She said that she was eager to play Queen Anne despite the threat of typecasting. She even went on to play another queen in The Crown (2016).
  • What Could Have Been: Kate Winslet was originally cast as Sarah.

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