Cert: PG; Now showing It was inevitable this biopic depicting a key World War II junction for Winston Churchill would scoop Bafta nominations. With nine in total, Darkest Hour’s biggest hope probably lies in the Best Actor category for Gary Oldman’s towering (and some might say shamelessly Oscar-baiting) turn as the D-day prime minister.
Though it’d be a shame for other categories to go unrewarded. Bruno Delbonnel’s musty cinematography leaves the jaw on the floor and the sense of the era created by the set and costume design is tangible. As wife Clementine, Kristin Scott Thomas’s supporting role rightly got a Bafta nod, but alas there was none for the ever-reliable Ben Mendelsohn as George VI.
Ultimately, however, it’s The Oldman Show. For an