Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

His Finest Hour? Oldman Faces Bafta Battle with Day-Lewis

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

His Finest Hour? Oldman Faces Bafta Battle with Day-Lewis

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Byline: Alistair Foster and Robert Dex

GARY OLDMAN will be hoping to land his first Bafta acting win after being nominated for his acclaimed portrayal of Winston Churchill.

He will go head to head with Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, 60, for his turn in Phantom Thread, which will be his last film after announcing his retirement from acting last year. Oldman, 59, whose gripping portrayal of Churchill in Darkest Hour has prompted speculation that he could win his first Oscar, is one of the favourites to win on February 18.

It is his third acting nod from Bafta after his first in 1988 as Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears and his second for his portrayal of George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2012.

In 1998, he picked up two Baftas for best screenplay and best British film for his dark domestic drama Nil By Mouth. Oldman said: "The recognition means so much, not merely for the distinguished company I now find myself in with my fellow nominees, but most especially for the privilege of playing Winston Churchill."

Also in the category are fellow Brits Daniel Kaluuya and Jamie Bell, for the horror movie Get Out and biographical drama Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool respectively.

Sally Hawkins is the sole Briton in the leading actress category, after being nominated with Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan. Hawkins, whose nod was one of 12 for The Shape Of Water, said of the nomination: "It feels like a gift from my homeland and I am very touched by it."

She is up against Ronan for Lady Bird, Annette Bening for Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Robbie for I, Tonya. Guillermo del Toro's The Shape Of Water is up for best film, alongside Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Oldman's Darkest Hour co-star Dame Kristin Scott Thomas was nominated in the supporting actress category for her role as Clementine Churchill. …

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