Gary Oldman takes his first Oscar for triumphant Churchill portrayal
Congratulations to Gary Oldman who, as predicted. triumphed in the Oscars last night by winning the coveted Best Actor award.
The 59-year-old Londoner had been a hot favourite for the prestigious prize for his extraordinary portrayal of wartime statesman Winston Churchill in The Darkest hour. It was Oldman’s first Oscar though he was nominated for an Academy Award for his appearance as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy some six years ago. The Darkest Hour also scooped the Oscar for best make-up and hairstyling.
This year’s Oscars proved significant for British talent with another World War II film, Dunkirk, picking up the rewards for Film Editing and Sound Editing and Mixing. Meanwhile cinematographer Roger Deakins (another Brit) won an Oscar for Blade Runner 2049. It was his first win after 14 previous nominations.
In addition to Oldman the big awards went to Frances McDormand as Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Best Supporting Actor was Sam Rockwell also for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Best Supporting Actress was Allison Janney for I, Tonya Best Picture was The Shape of Water which also earned an Oscar for its director Guillermo del Toro.
In a typically Hollywood touch, much was made of the return to the presenters podium of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to present the Best Picture Award. It was a year on from the big mistake when they were handed an incorrect envelope and announced that the wrong movie as Best Film. Guess what? This year it went without a hitch.