This week saw the return of the Oscars, with the 91st Academy Awards at LA’s Dolby Theatre bringing awards season to a close.
But it wasn’t Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born duet or Rami Malek falling off the stage after his Best Oscar win that made the most noise. Instead, it was Olivia Colman’s Best Actress acceptance speech – or rather what she let slip during it.
Colman won the gong for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, beating acclaimed actresses in her category from Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio to Lady Gaga and Glenn Close. And while she credited the other actresses as ‘extraordinary women’, it was her co-stars, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, who she really enthused about.
‘Emily and Rachel,’ she addressed the actresses personally in her speech, going on to call them ‘the two loveliest women in the world to fall in love with and to go to work with every day.’ She continued: ‘You can imagine, it wasn’t a hardship’, prompting laughter from the audience.
But while the people in the audience may have been laughing, the internet was very confused – and all for one very simple reason.
Why did Olivia Colman refer to her co-star and friend Emma Stone as ‘Emily Stone’? Surely she knows her name by now, right?
Well, actually, yes – she does. It’s all of us who didn’t.
Emma Stone’s real name is Emily, but the actress explained that she changed her name due to the fact that there was already an Emily Stone registered with the Screen Actors Guild.
Talking to W, she explained: ‘I changed it to Emma because you know it’s closer to Emily, but most people call me “Em” that know me well.’
Once it was clear why Olivia had referred to her by the moniker, Twitter got behind it, with fans delighted that Olivia and Emma were close enough to call her by her real name.
‘Olivia Colman calling Emma Stone by her real name Emily Stone just makes her even more genuine and real and I’m kind of obsessed wow,’ one fan tweeted. Another added: ‘Her calling Emma Stone “Emily” as she looked on crying is a real MOOD 💕.’
Well, this is is lovely.