In 2019, Olivia Colman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her elegant handling of the often difficult work on the film The Favourite.
Her speech that night was widely hailed as an adorably-honest emotional roller coaster. She laughed, she cried, she fumbled over her words, she forgot things and she found herself overwhelmed by Lady Gaga.
The speech made the rounds on social media way back then (Feb 2019 seems like lifetimes ago, doesn't it?) because people found her honesty and fumbling to be endearing and because we've all been there. Little did we know her speech would come back a year later for much the same reasons.
Twitter user @MattEvuns re-shared her speech with a little bit of splicing and tweaking. It turns out Olivia's speech pretty accurately reflects the full-on certifiable bonkersness of 2020.
Month by month, Olivia speaks for us all.
the months of 2020 as olivia coleman’s oscar speech https://t.co/pGL0Tsk8iF— matt (@matt) 1595200514.0
January starts out all well and good. We're shaky but okay. 2019 is over. "This wasn't a hardship" Olivia says. For February Olivia hits us with a stammering "I, well, you know..."
The world pretty quickly went from "New Year, New Me!" to "oh... Australia is on fire."
March and April reek of stress like the kind of stress a pandemic might cause, but we get a lovely reprieve in May when Olivia takes a moment to fawn over Lady Gaga. May, of course, is when Gaga dropped the Chromatica album on us and her fans spent ages trying to figure out what the song "Stupid Love" meant and how to do any of the choreography.
May was also the month that major protests kicked off around the world. People and governments began violently clashing with one another ... which leads beautifully into June which is the Colman speech month I personally most relate to.
It's just a scream.
No words needed, Olivia. We feel you.
And that brings us to July, for which Matt has opted to use Olivia's hopeful but cautious quip about finding people and giving them all kisses ... later. Anyone still dealing with pandemic restrictions and increasing cases (so most of the USA readers) totally gets that sentiment.
We love you, we miss you, we're totally going to love up on you ... but not right now.
Twitter can't handle how accurate the clip manages to be even though it's just over ten seconds long.
@MattEvuns April - "It's genuinely quite stressful" Couldn't have agreed more https://t.co/ehDlnp08uZ— ℳari (@ℳari) 1595246708.0
@MattEvuns we are may— DESPERADO (@DESPERADO) 1595247754.0
@MattEvuns Well done this is genius— Liron (@Liron) 1595255094.0
@MattEvuns the way I screamed at May https://t.co/z4tpMSXVPU— crab rangoon fan account (@crab rangoon fan account) 1595255252.0
@MattEvuns Okay, everyone stop tweeting and just pack our bags now. Nothing will ever top this. https://t.co/5NdSpvuTsi— reyzando nawara (@reyzando nawara) 1595237519.0
@MattEvuns @leac813 This is probably the best tweet I have ever seen and I don’t think much could top it— eeliz hates ch*d g*kko (@eeliz hates ch*d g*kko) 1595255414.0
Predictions for August, anyone?
@MattEvuns No words for August people, ominous - but not unexpected.— Dee - Illustrator and Character Designer (@Dee - Illustrator and Character Designer) 1595275645.0
Here's to hoping the rest of the year offers us the opportunity to use some of the happier moments in her speech rather than making us all have to continue that June scream vibe.