If anyone deserves an Oscar it's Gary Freakin' Oldman. He completely transformed into Winston Churchill for "Darkest Hour," and earned the 2018 Best Actor Academy Award for his troubles.

If you can believe it, after a career of standout performances, this was only Oldman's second ever Oscar nomination. (Jonah Hill also has two Oscar nominations. He had two before this year. And Kobe Bryant won an Oscar before Gary Oldman; that will always be a fact.)

Oldman's previous nomination was for 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Now we can finally call Gary Oldman an Oscar winner.

Oldman had an impressive group of peers in this category, including Daniel Day-Lewis in his (supposed) final acting role. Here's the full list of nominees for Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Timothée Chalamet, "Call Me by Your Name"
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"
  • Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
  • Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
  • Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, Esq."

The 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, aired Sunday, March 4 on ABC.

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Darkest Hour
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The fate of Western Europe hangs on Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II. The newly appointed... Read More

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