Darkest Hour
First screened in November 2017
Director: Joe Wright. Cast: Gary Oldman, Stephen Dillane, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup, Samuel West, Nicholas Jones, David Schofield, Richard Lumsden, Malcolm Storry, Hilton McRae, Benjamin Whitrow, Joe Armstrong, Adrian Rawlins, David Bamber, Paul Leonard, voice of David Strathairn. Screenplay: Anthony McCarten.

Twitter Capsule: Bombastic and drunk on gloss. Some scenes co-scwipted by Gemini's Twin. Acting, score a bit plummy even at their best.

Second Capsule: Best scene is when Winston Churchill ventures down into the Tube and proves he can stand en pointe and guzzle beer with Jack Dawson and Co.

VOR:   I suppose turning WWII history into an on-screen graphic novel is some kind of new stride, but Oldman's intensity aside, this is a non-event.

Photo © 2017 Focus Features/Working Title Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Actor: Gary Oldman
Best Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel
Best Production Design: Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Kazu Hiro, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Actor (Drama): Gary Oldman

Other Awards:
Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Actor (Oldman)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Actor (Oldman); Best Makeup and Hair

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