Oscar Movies: Darkest Hour, The (2017)–Gary Oldman Wins Best Actor as Winston Churchill

Best Picture
Written by Anthony McCarten, the tale is largely set in May 1940, offering an account of Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister during WWII, while Nazi Germany swept across Western Europe and threatened to defeat the U.K.

The German advance led to a friction within the British government, between those who were willing to make peace treaty with Hitler, and Churchill, who refused.

The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelson, and Stephen Dillane.

At the 2017 Oscars, the film earned six nominations, including Best Picture.

Oldman, who went through a complete physical transformation, was responsible for the film winning the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.

Released by Focus Features, The Darkest Hour world premiered at the Telluride Film Fest on Sep. 1, then played at Toronto Fest.  It opened in limited release on November 22, at the height of the awards season, and received wide distribution December 22, after receiving Golden Globes and Critics Choice nominations.

Made on a modest budget of $30 million, The Darkest Hour found an appreciative international audience, resulting in an impressive box-office of $150 million.