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Gary Oldman joined The Hollywood Reporter and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s official Golden Globes aftershow following his best drama actor win earlier that night for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
THR‘s Marc Malkin asked Oldman what the exact moment was like when he found out he’d won. “When Susan Sarandon said my name, I couldn’t quite believe it. It feels really good,” the veteran actor said.
While Oldman thanked many in his acceptance speech onstage, the time crunch made him space on one very special thank-you: his director, Joe Wright.
Oldman didn’t miss his second chance to send his gratitude to Wright after the show, however, as he told Malkin, “The thing I was most sad about, I know the show is running a little long. … I didn’t get a chance to thank my director. I want to just say to Joe Wright, you are the captain of the gate. You’re our poet. You have a great heart and a great vision. I share this with you.”
Oldman also noted that he grew close to the real-life surviving Churchill family members, who have gone as far to call the actor “grandpapa.”
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