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Mister Pinkerton

Academy Awards 2018 Discussion

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Gary Oldman's Oscar is deserved for past work but Darkest Hour is a decidedly mediocre film overall. Literally made to net him an oscar and nothing else.

 

It's for best Actor anyway, so what you thought of the overall film Darkest hour is pretty much a moot point. Nevertheless I thought it was a perfectly good movie - whilst it was clearly an opportunity for him to gun for an Academy Award, to suggest the sole purpose of the entire thing was that alone is stretching things a bit. I enjoyed it more than The Shape of Water, which picked up more awards. Beyond Oldman's performance the support cast was excellent as well.

 

It is absolutely relevant because this is not Oldman's best performance. He was not better than DDL in Phantom Thread. He did not out do Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out. The movie was decidedly safe, leaning heavily on tropes and conventions that appeal to Academy voters for that Oscar push. It's an awards movie; nothing more and nothing less.

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Gary Oldman's Oscar is deserved for past work but Darkest Hour is a decidedly mediocre film overall. Literally made to net him an oscar and nothing else.

 

It's for best Actor anyway, so what you thought of the overall film Darkest hour is pretty much a moot point. Nevertheless I thought it was a perfectly good movie - whilst it was clearly an opportunity for him to gun for an Academy Award, to suggest the sole purpose of the entire thing was that alone is stretching things a bit. I enjoyed it more than The Shape of Water, which picked up more awards. Beyond Oldman's performance the support cast was excellent as well.

 

It is absolutely relevant because this is not Oldman's best performance. He was not better than DDL in Phantom Thread. He did not out do Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out. The movie was decidedly safe, leaning heavily on tropes and conventions that appeal to Academy voters for that Oscar push. It's an awards movie; nothing more and nothing less.

 

 

If you want to critique Oldman's performance, then that's an entirely separate point to what you think of the rest of the movie. The rest of the film could be utter dross, and he could still merit Best Actor for his own performance. Your first point is still moot.

 

If you're changing your angle now to say you didn't think he was that great as Churchill then you're entitled to your opinion. I thought he was fantastic, he got the mannerisms spot on, and he brought the engagement and oratory skills of the man to life in a way few other people could. And I think a fair few other people, critics and public alike, agreed.

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