Gary Oldman has won his first ever Academy Award taking home the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Darkest Hour.
Playing the legendary Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright’s historical drama, Oldman is completely unrecognisable in the role and has felt like the one to beat since the trailer was released, showing off his physical transformation.
It isn’t just about the make-up though – 59-year-old Oldman is a force of nature as Churchill, dazzling audiences with his exhilarating and detailed performance.
To see Oldman in his finest hour, you can watch the trailer for the critically applauded film below:
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Being the frontrunner from the start, it was certain Oldman was going to take home the gong after he eliminated the competition winning Best Actor at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild awards and BAFTAs.
Despite being Oscar favourites, previous winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread, and Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq., were shut out by Oldman’s towering turn as were newcomers Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name and Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out.
These two younger actors shouldn’t be too upset though as their best performances are arguably still ahead of them, so I’m sure their time will come.
Oldman has long been admired for his brilliant performances in the likes of Leon: The Professional, State of Grace and True Romance.
Even his outstanding debut film performance as Sid Vicious in 1986’s Sid and Nancy won him critical acclaim and even an award for Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.
He finally landed his first Oscar nomination six years ago, for his performance as George Smiley in the thrilling film adaptation of John le Carré’s 1974 hit spy novel, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
However, he lost out to Jean Dujardin who won for his charismatic performance in The Artist which dominated the Oscars in 2011 – being nominated for 10 and winning five, including Best Picture and Best Director.
However, this year, everything seemed to align for the iconic British actor, ticking every box on the Oscars’ checklist; meaty historical role, physical transformation, biopic, prestigious director and most importantly, an outstanding performance.
2018 is clearly Oldman’s year and he deserves every second of success he gets.
Darkest Hour was also nominated for five other Oscars including Best Picture, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design and Cinematography.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.