Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Gary Oldman 'humbled' by Oscar nod

Gary Oldman said he was humbled by the nomination
Gary Oldman said he was humbled by the nomination

Gary Oldman has described his first ever Oscar nomination as "extremely humbling".

The British actor is up for the Academy Award for best actor for his role as spy boss George Smiley in the film adaptation of John Le Carre's novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

On hearing the news, the Nil By Mouth director said: "This afternoon in Berlin I have learned that I was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor.

"You may have heard this before, but it has never been truer than it is for me today, it is extremely humbling, gratifying, and delightful to have your work recognised by the Academy, and to join the celebrated ranks of previous nominees and colleagues. Amazing."

Meryl Streep, who already scooped a Golden Globe for her role in The Iron Lady, said of her best actress nomination: "I am honoured to be in company with such beautiful artists, and touched deeply by my fellow actors for their generosity in giving me this acknowledgement."

The Artist's director Michel Hazanavicius also said he was honoured.

"Filming The Artist in Los Angeles was a dream come true, and to receive this recognition today is far beyond what I ever imagined," he said.

The film's supporting actress contender Berenice Bejo said: "I'm overjoyed and filled with happiness. I can't believe that a year ago I was learning how to tap dance and today I am nominated for an Academy Award."

Best supporting actor nominee Kenneth Branagh, who played Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn, it was "very meaningful" to be nominated for playing a man he had always looked up to.

"If you are an actor, playing a prince of acting, to be recognised by a group of people that know a lot about such things is really touching," he said.

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Capricorn:

It feels like friends are few and far between. If you're not getting the help you need, ask why. It may be because you have been so preoccupied with work. Skipping special occasions and failing to return phone calls causes resentment. You have to be more engaged to sustain loving bonds. Call someone you've missed. It may take a few tries, but it's worth the effort. Be forthright about why you have been out of touch. Communication is the cornerstone of every healthy relationship.More