Gary Oldman is now the Oscar favourite for his superb performance as Winston Churchill 6 months ago

Gary Oldman is now the Oscar favourite for his superb performance as Winston Churchill

What an actor! Surely that overdue Oscar is next?

The 2018 Golden Globes turned out to be a memorable one for Gary Oldman as the screen icon finally won a Golden Globe for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

With superb turns in Leon, True Romance, The Firm, Nil by Mouth, Sid and Nancy, State of Grace, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and many others under his belt, you might be surprised to learn that this year's Globes win was his first, and he's had only a single Oscar nomination (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

That all changed though when Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon announced his name Sunday night.

"It was great that words and actions could change the world – and boy, oh boy, could it use some change (now). Thank you, Winston Churchill. I feel very humbled and surprised to have been asked to this stage. I would like to thank my magnificent makeup team. Your artistry has no equal. You were kind, you were funny, you were patient, and we got through 63 applications,  Oldman said as he accepted his award.

As mentioned previously, we've had our eye on Darkest Hour and it's clear that Joe Wright's take on Churchill has already become a critical darling. The film is set during the early days of World War II. The fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Set for release on January 12th, the film already has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 84%. In fact, Oldman's performance as Churchill is so strong that Oddschecker has the British actor as the current favourite to win this year's Oscar for Best Actor.

While the nominations haven't officially been announced yet, the British actor is a shoe-in.

Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Tom Hanks (The Post) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) are also in the running, according to the bookies.

Will 2018 finally be the year when Gary Oldman's remarkable talent is recognised at the Academy Awards? We certainly hope so!

As for the Golden Globes, British-Irish director Martin  McDonagh also won big for his superb new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

You can see the list of winners in full below.

2018 Golden Globe winners

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

James Franco – The Disaster Artist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Allison Janney - I, Tonya

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Sam Rockwell - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director - Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Martin McDonagh - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture - Animated

Coco

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

In The Fade - Germany, France

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

This Is Me – The Greatest Showman

Best Television Series - Drama

The Handmaid's Tale

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Nicole Kidman - Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Ewan McGregor - Fargo (TV show)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid's Tale

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama

Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Aziz Ansari - Master of None

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern - Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alexander Skarsgård - Big Little Lies

Cecil B. DeMille Award

Oprah Winfrey

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