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Olivia Colman's co-stars in The Favourite secretly gave up their chance of winning the lead actress Oscar in order to give her a clear run at the prize, she has disclosed.

Colman won the Academy Award in 2019 for her role as Queen Anne in the historical drama.

Industry watchers had expressed surprise that she was the sole entry in the category, as Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone had equal screen time.

Instead, Weisz and Stone were entered in the supporting actress category, although neither went on to win the award. According to Colman, they “selflessly” demoted themselves because they had each won an Oscar in the past and felt that it was her turn.

Speaking to Total Film magazine, Colman said: “What I didn't realize for the Oscars was that you are meant to say what category you want to go up for.

“I went: `No, that's rude. I'm not doing that.' And also because I felt ... Emma, me and Rachel were three equals.

“So I refused to say it. I said: `We can either all go up for lead, or all go up for supporting.' But then what I didn't realize ... someone let slip that Emma and Rachel had both decided ... that they would go `supporting' to make me go `lead.'”

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