Gary Oldman Wins 2018 Golden Globe for Best Actor, Drama
It was one of the deepest and most competitive categories at the 2018 Golden Globes: Best Actor in a Drama. Any of the five finalists had a believable shot. You could argue for a frontrunner, but you could also argue that any of the five could have won. Would it be Gary Oldman, unrecognizable and inspiring as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour? Would it be an also-transformed Denzel Washington from Roman J. Israel? Would it be Tom Hanks, ferocious as a newspaper editor in The Post? Would the upstart, Timothée Chalamet, take home the prize for Call Me By Your Name? Or would the Hollywood Foreign Press Association take the opportunity and reward Daniel Day-Lewis one last time before his retirement for his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread?
In the end, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association went with the most predictable choice: Gary Oldman for his awardsy (if outstanding) work in Darkest Hour. Awards season often favors the most acting over the best acting. In the case of Darkest Hour, Oldman may have given both. The drama about the early days of World War II saw Oldman channeling the British prime minister at his most fiery and most unguarded. And his impression of Churchill (thanks in large part to an uncanny makeup job) was absolutely incredible.
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