Golden Globes: Gary Oldman Wins Best Drama Actor for 'Darkest Hour'

The actor, who portrayed Winston Churchill in the film, beat out Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

Gary Oldman took home the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama, on Sunday night. It was his first win (and nomination) at the annual awards show.

The Darkest Hour actor beat out Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Tom Hanks (The Post) and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.).

In the film, Oldman transformed — thanks to hours of makeup work, prosthetics and a fat suit — into former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill as he navigated a world at war. The film also stars Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Mendelsohn.

During his acceptance speech, Oldman thanked his wife. "[She] put up with my crazy for over a year," he said. "She would say to friends that 'I go to bed with Winston Churchill, but I wake up with Gary Oldman,' which is I suppose better than the other way around."

Backstage, when asked about the Time's Up movement that dominated the evening, Oldman said, "When the curtain came down on Harvey [Weinstein], I was flabbergasted. Fortunately he was never in my orbit. I met him in '92 and he gave me the creeps. And I said, 'Let’s never work with that guy.' And I never did. The evolutionary wheel is turning. What we do, what we say, how we say it and who we say it to is very important. If that is exposed, then it is a good thing."

He also discussed the challenge of playing a real-life figure. "When you play someone who has lived, they have family. They have ancestors. So there is a certain responsibility. The good news is that the Churchill family have embraced this film and have embraced the portrayal. We are safe, then."

He added that Churchill was "indispensable" to history. "Looking at Churchill more specifically and more closely, really diving into it — the world order we have kind of enjoyed over the last 70 years I would think arguably [comes] down to one man," he said. "I am proud of the movie because it shows and illustrates the power of words and action. That words and actions can literally change the world.”

Seth Meyers hosted the 75th annual Globes ceremony, which took place at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles. 

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