Gary Oldman to Receive Top Prize at British Independent Film Awards


Gary Oldman is set to be honored with the Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards later this year (17).

The Dark Knight Rises star will be honored for making “a global impact and helping to focus the international spotlight on the U.K.” through his films at a ceremony in London on 10 December (17).

“In the 30 years since Gary Oldman galvanized global film audiences with his portrayal of punk rocker Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, Oldman has blazed a path as one of international cinema’s most versatile and valued actors,” Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor Steven Gaydos says. “From blockbusters to American indie classics and U.K. masterworks, Oldman has been a force of nature who’s brought life to a stunning variety of characters across all genres of film.”

Previous recipients of the accolade include Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, and Kate Winslet.

The Variety Award is sure to be one of many Oldman will pick up between now and the Oscars next year (18) – his role as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour is many critics’ pick for the Best Actor honor. The Brit picked up a Best Actor nomination in 2011 for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but he has never won an Academy Award.