By Muyiwa Olayinka
Gary Oldman said playing Winston Churchill had been a ‘wonderful ride’. He said this before he won the best actor for the year at the 2018 Oscars
On Sunday 4th Winston Churchill recreates himself at the 90th Oscar awards, 52 years after he died. Oldman, 59 won the Best actor of the year with the beautiful portrayal and transformation of Churchill in the film (Darkest hour).
In his acceptance speech, Oldman appeared near to tears: he thanked America, saying he was “deeply grateful to her”, and recalled that “the movies, such is their power, captivated a young man from south London, and gave him a dream”. He finished up by thanking his mother, saying: “Put the kettle on, I’m bringing Oscar home.”
The film follows Churchill as a new Prime Minister torn between negotiating a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or rallying his nation to fight.
About the film
Darkest Hour is a 2017 war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten.
It stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and is an account of his early days as Prime Minister, as Nazi Germany swept across Western Europe, threatening to defeat the United Kingdom during World War II. It leads to friction at the highest levels of governmentbetween those who would make a peace treaty with Hitler and Churchill, who refused. The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, and Ronald Pickup.
The movie grossed $135.8m worldwide on a $30m budget. It also won the make up and hairstyling category at the Oscars
About Sir Winston Churchill
Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British statesman, army officer, and writer, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
Over the course of his career as a Member of Parliament (MP), he represented five constituencies in both England and Scotland. During his time as Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to an allied victory in the Second World War.
He was Conservative Party leader from 1940 to 1955. In 1953, Churchill won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his lifetime body of work; the prize cited “his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”.