Gary Oldman had one person in particular he wanted to thank as he collected his Best Actor award at the 2018 Oscars on Sunday evening. The British actor, who was recognised for his role in The Darkest Hour, gave a special mention to his mother Kathleen, who was watching the ceremony at home.
"I would like to thank my mother who is older than the Oscar – she is 99 years young next birthday and she is watching the ceremony from the comfort of her sofa," Gary said as he accepted his award. "I want to say thank you my mother for your love and support, and get the kettle on. I’m bringing Oscar home."
Gary Oldman gave a sweet message to his mum Kathleen at the Oscars
The 59-year-old also paid tribute to an array of other people who have shaped his career during the emotional speech, including Sir Winston Churchill, who he portrays in the award-winning film. "I've lived in America for the longest time and I'm deeply grateful to the loves and the friendships I have made and the wonderful gifts it has given me. My home, my livelihood, my family and now Oscar. The movies, such is their power, captivated a young man from south London and gave him a dream and Douglas Urbanski, my dear brother, you have helped keep the dream alive," Gary told the audience.
He concluded: "I would just like to salute Sir Winston Churchill who has been marvellous company in what can be described as a fantastic journey."
The actor was joined by his wife Gisele Schmidt at the Academy Awards
It has been an incredible start to the year for Gary, after winning awards at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards, concluding with landing an Oscar - the first he has ever received. He has been supported throughout by his wife Gisele Schmidt, and recently admitted that he even proposed to his partner while dressed in character as his alter ego Winston Churchill.
Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel in January, Gary confided: "There was a break in the filming, and we had talked about it and I just felt the urge. We were down in the war rooms, and I took her into the back room. And as Winston Churchill, I said 'Will you marry me?'"