‘Hard to be a man’ in movies – unless you’re Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman accepts the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for "Darkest Hour" at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Gary Oldman accepts the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for "Darkest Hour" at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
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It may be, as the actor William H Macy observed, “hard to be a man” in Hollywood these days – but the British star Gary Oldman was proving an exception.

His Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday, following a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice accolade, made an Oscar nomination a near-certainty when the list is announced today.

Oldman’s latest award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour came at an Actors Guild ceremony which saw performers who spoke out about sexual harassment celebrated.

Macy told the Los Angeles audience that many men in the film industry felt “under attack” from the Me Too movement that has rallied against harassment and abuse in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Oldman and Claire Foy, star of The Crown, were the only two British winners at the ceremony, which saw clutches of awards for the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mis­souri and the TV series, Big Little Lies, whose star, Nicole Kidman, won a best actress award.

Morgan Freeman said he was receiving “a place in history” as he was honoured with a life achievement award by the Guild.

The 80-year-old actor, known for The Shawshank Redemption, said he believed “truth” was the most important part of his job.

Dame Judi Dench, a best actress nominee for the film Victoria and Abdul, got the biggest unexpected laugh of the night when her name appeared on screen under the title, “leading roll” – a slip that prompted one critic to joke that she was “the toast of Hollywood”.