Will Gary Oldman finally score his Oscar?
On Sunday, March 4th, the 2018 Oscars air on ABC at 7 p.m. (ET) live from Los Angeles, CA.
There is but ONE burning question…. will the incomparable Gary Oldman finally see his Oscar gold?
Oldman is nominated for his performance in “The Darkest Hour”, playing British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill at the height of World War 2 and the Nazi invasion. This role could never have belonged to any other actor, only Gary
Oldman could carry and deliver such a complex and weighty portrayal of an historical giant such as Churchill, specifically at that severe and crucial time in the second World War.
Gary Oldman is quite simply a master, a true renaissance man of his craft.
But he also knows, all too well, the many dark twists and turns heading down Oscar road.
Because Oldman has been robbed of nominations and this coveted award many times.
Oldman’s first Oscar robbery came with “Sid and Nancy” in 1986, with Oldman’s take on the Sex Pistols Sid Vicious.
The ungodly precision with which he attacked the role of Vicious was nothing less than jaw-dropping. Was it Gary playing Sid? Were we really watching the real Sid Vicious? Impossible to tell. Oldman was that damn good. And yet, somehow, he wasn’t even nominated for this role. Unbelievable.
Robbery number 2 came in 2002 with “Romeo’s Bleeding” where Oldman played mafia tipster cop, Jack Grimaldi. True, it was a quirky film, and not everybody got or appreciated the art of the movie, so this could explain why he, again, was not nominated.
Gary Oldman was also no Hollywood dandy, out there playing “the game”, and by this time in his career, he was not shy about sharing his thoughts on Hollywood, and all that goes with it. This type of openness probably didn’t score him points with voting Academy.
Oldman also admittedly had a tough time divorcing himself of the characters he played, sometimes dragging remnants of the characters into real life, where he also had a drinking problem. The effects of this combination are what finally derailed his marriage to acclaimed and legendary actress, Isabela Rosselini.
Oscar robbery number 3 came in 2012 with Oldman’s role of British spy, George Smiley, in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”. Again, only a role that could have been played by Oldman, and not just because he was a Brit playing a Brit, he’s done that before. This role required a certain reserve, a cool, quiet measure. If it were taken too far, one way or the other, then the entire gravitas would have been blown. Gary played it to the wire with calm, steady perfection, and totally blew us away.
And again, he lost. The Oscar went to Jean DuJardin that year for his performance in “The Artist”.
Anyone who saw “Tinker, Tailor” was completely stunned.
So, here we are again, at our “Oldman Crossroads”.
Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Winston Churchill is a masterpiece to behold, and in a way, it is also an astonishing culmination of every role he has ever taken on, embraced and truly made HIS.
Somehow, that’s just got to count for something. Hopefully, a long overdue Oscar for Gary Oldman as this year’s choice for best actor.
We’re pullin’ for you Gary!