Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors to never receive an Academy Award.
The man is a chameleon who is at times unrecognizable. Just to name a few, Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stansfield in Leon: The Professional, Lee Harvey Oswald in J.F.K. , in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy he was George Smiley (his only Oscar-nominated film).
Oldman’s newest film ‘Darkest Hour’ checks off all the normal “ticks of the boxes” needed to net him an Academy Award. The Academy loves a historical figure, and Winston Churchill is one of the most recognizable and loved people in history. Churchill also had a speech impediment, which the Academy loves, and I’m sure Oldman will nail. The release is late November which tends to be Oscar nomination time. Finally, he’s beloved by most of the members who know he’s one of the greatest living actors, and while being nominated has never won, which normally will factor into their votes.
Sure it might be way early to start throwing Oscar nominations around, but I’ll be rooting for Oldman come March.
‘Darkest Hour’ releases November 22, 2017.