Golden Rule: Darkest Hour is Oldman’s Shining Moment

Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, we’re diving into as many of the nominated films as possible to look at what their chances are for taking home the Oscar. Today we’re looking at Darkest Hour, which is nominated for Best Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Oldman), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design.

Darkest Hour centers on the first months of Winston Churchill’s time as Prime Minister of the UK. It focuses on the trails of those first months including Operation Dynamo, which saved the soldiers at Dunkirk.

The film lives and dies by Oldman’s performance as Churchill, and he gives one of the best performances of his career. Thanks to the Makeup and Hairstyling team, the physical portrayal of Churchill is some of the most impressive work I’ve ever seen.

The film is going to win Makeup and Hairstyling. And Oldman is all but guaranteed to win Best Actor. The only other category the film may stand a chance in is Cinematography. It’s an extremely long shot, as Dunkirk or Blade Runner 2049 will probably win, but the cinematography in this film is incredibly beautiful. There’s something about the way cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel uses light in this film that is just majestic.

I’m almost surprised that the film got a nomination for Best Picture. However, I think the nomination solely rests on Oldman. Plenty of films have been judged solely because of the star’s performance. Don’t get me wrong, Darkest Hour is a phenomenal film, but I think a lot of weight has been added to it simply because of how astounding Oldman’s performance is.

Darkest Hour is currently available on DVD, Digital and Blu-Ray. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Oscar coverage. The Oscars air on ABC on March 4th at 8pm ET.

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