Gary Oldman bagged the academy award for best actor for his gripping performance in “Darkest Hour. Oldman, 59, portraited the role of UK’s most celebrated prime minister Winston Churchill.
It was a prolific win for Oldman indeed as the nominations included big-time actors like Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Kaluuya, (Get Out) and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq )
In his acceptance speech, the English-born Oldman thanked the country which made all of his dreams to come life.
He said, “I’ve lived in America for the longest time and I am deeply grateful to her for the loves and the friendships I have made and the many wonderful gifts it has given me. My home, my livelihood, my family and my Oscar,” “The movies, such is their power, captivated a young man from South London and gave him a dream.”
Speaking of the character he played, Oldman said Sir Winston Churchill has been a marvelous company on what can be described as an incredible journey,”
What was heart touching in his speech was his mention of his 98-year-old mom.
He said, “She is watching this ceremony from the comfort of her sofa. I say to my mother, ‘Thank you for your love and support, put the kettle on. I am bringing Oscar home”.
More on the Movie
Darkest Hour gives a picture of what went through the mind of the prime minister during the second world war to fight Nazi Germany. As it can be seen in the movie. Oldman had to undergo hours of makeup to become Churchill. But the Oscar win proves that it was worth every bit.
Before the Oscars, Oldman went on a rally of award wins in Golden Globe, BAFTA and other trophies for his role.
The movie is a grand success as it grossed $135.8 million worldwide on a $30 million budget. It captured six Oscar nominations. Other than the best actor, it won the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category.
Interestingly, this is Oldman’s first Oscar in a career spanning more than 30 years. He was previously nominated for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” in 2013. He has played wide-ranging roles including Lee Harvey Oswald in “JFK,” Sirius Black in the “Harry Potter” franchise and his 1980s breakout roles as Sid Vicious in “Sid and Nancy” and playwright Joe Orton in “Prick Up Your Ears.”
However, he got mainstream popularity after playing Commissioner Gorden in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Batman Trilogy.