Gary Oldman has, tragically, never won an Oscar. It’s not the biggest of deals, but the guy has been incredible for so many years and a chameleon in so many genres and roles, you would think he’d have gotten closer. Darkest Hour, his new Winston Churchill biopic, might push him across that line.
Darkest Hour could be seen as a sort of companion piece to Dunkirk, especially since the siege itself is mentioned in this trailer. Check it out:
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award-nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
It looks thrilling and Oldman looks and sounds terrific as Churchill. Early buzz is solid, so we’ll see what happens when Darkest Hour opens November 22.