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Gary Oldman wins Bafta best-actor award for Churchill portrayal

By: stagedoorscribbler - February 19, 2018

Gary Oldman

It was lovely to see the superbly talented Gary Oldman walk away with the Best Leading Actor award at the BAFTAS last night.

The working class boy from London’s New Cross had been hotly tipped as a favourite for the prestigious acting gong for his astonishing performance as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour.

The film also took the award for Best Make Up And Hair for Oldman’s astonishing metamorphosis into wartime Churchill. Absolutely remarkable considering he once played Sex Pistol Sid Vicious.

But The Darkest Hour faced keen competent particularly from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Already considered a masterpiece, Three Billboards… took took five awards including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. It also won Frances McDormand the BAFTA for Best Leading Actress while its director Martin McDonagh won Best Original Screenplay and Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor.

The awards ceremonies, held at the Royal Albert Hall, saw many actors wearing black and sporting badges in support of the Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment. Ironically this dress code was eschewed by McDormand who joked that she had ‘a problem with compliance’.

Other BAFTA winners included Best Director Guillermo del Toro  for The Shape off Water which also took awards for Best Original Music and Production Design.

Now all eyes on the Oscars where once again Gary Oldman is hotly tipped to win the Best Actor award.