Gary Oldman received his first ever Oscar for his work as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and during the backstage press interviews he talked about being looked up to by a new generation of actors while also appreciating artists that continue to inspire him. Oldman audio is below . . .
One of the lessons I learned from the late John Hurt, God Bless him, when I was a younger man (and) went to the cinema I looked up at Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Alan Bates, Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, and Peter Sellers. They were all sort of my heroes. We’re links in a chain. I’m thrilled for (Timothee) Chalamet. He’s a kid and he’s a charmer. He’s hugely talented and I said to him tonight in the words of Arnie, “You’ll be back.” This is probably it for me, he’s got years.” – Gary Oldman
Credit goes to Oldman throwing in a reference from The Terminator (“I’ll be back”) into the proceedings and seeing the big picture in everything. On a cinematic level, I need to take a deeper dive into the works of all of the actors Oldman mentioned in his comments, and if you’re in need of a few Chalamet recommendations, I suggest the 2016 film Miss Stevens. The only inaccurate point Oldman makes is that Darkest Hour is not exactly the actor’s final hour, as one would assume there’s much more to come from both Oldman and Chalamet.