Gary Oldman takes home Academy Award for Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman's transformative performance in The Darkest Hour has made him an Oscar winner. Oldman took home the trophy for Best Actor in a Leading Role at Sunday night's Academy Awards.

The Darkest Hour featured Oldman in heavy make-up playing former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, dealing with the Nazi threat during World War II. Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lily James also starred in the movie, which was directed by Joe Wright based on a script by Anthony McCarten.

The Darkest Hour was beloved by critics, holding an 86 percent critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. It also holds an 83 percent audience score on the platform. The period drama has made $138.5 million at the worldwide box office thus far, including $55.4 million domestic. (via Box Office Mojo) The movie holds six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and has already won for Make-Up and Hairstyling.

Oldman beat out Timothee Chalamet, who was one of the youngest Oscar nominees ever for his performance in Call Me By Your Name. The other nominees were Daniel Day-Lewis for his final performance in Phantom Thread, Daniel Kaluuya for his buzzy turn in Get Out, and Denzel Washington for playing the title role in Roman J. Israel, Esq. Oldman previously received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.