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An Oscar for Oldman Gary Oldman Wins Best Actor for His Performance as Churchill

Gary Oldman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, California on March 4th. Oldman, who had only been nominated once before, received his first Oscar for his performance as Winston Churchill in the film Darkest Hour directed by Joe Wright.

When first approached to play the role of the British Prime Minister, Oldman objected that he looked nothing like Churchill and was not suited to the role. After persistent persuasion from Wright, however, Oldman agreed provided that the makeup was done by the Japanese artist Kazuhiro Tsuji. This decision led not only to an Oscar for Oldman but gold statuettes for Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Watch the moment Oldman received his Oscar and gave his acceptance speech.

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