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Earlier this year, at the 2011 Empire Awards, GARY OLDMAN
was honored with the Icon Award for
Achievement. An acclaimed presence in motion pictures for 25 years, he is
regarded as one of the
foremost actors of his generation.
Mr. Oldman is known to millions the world over for playing Sirius Black
(Harry Potter's godfather),
Commissioner Jim Gordon (Batman/Bruce Wayne's crime-fighting partner), Dracula,
Pontius Pilate, Lee Harvey Oswald, Joe Orton, and Sid Vicious, to name just a
few of his iconic
characterizations whose ranks George Smiley now joins.
Over the past 18 years, the U.K. native has appeared in 11 movies that have
opened in the #1 position
at the box office. As part of the two most successful franchises in movie
history, he has appeared in
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,
Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, directed
by Alfonso CuarÃ³n,
Mike Newell, and David Yates, respectively; and Christopher Nolan's Batman
Begins, The Dark
Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises (opening in 2012).
Mr. Oldman's acting career began in 1979, and for several years he worked
exclusively in the theatre;
from 1985 through 1989, he alternated film work with stage work at London's
Royal Court Theatre.
Among his early telefilms were Mike Leigh's Meantime and the late Alan Clarke's
His features include Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy; Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your
Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Phil Joanou's State of Grace;
Oliver Stone's JFK;
Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula; Peter Medak's Romeo is Bleeding;
True Romance; Bernard Rose's Immortal Beloved; Luc Besson's The Professional
(a.k.a. Leon) and
The Fifth Element; Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One; the late Marc Rocco's
Murder in the First;
Roger Young's telefilm Jesus; Ridley Scott's Hannibal; Albert and Allen Hughes'
The Book of Eli;
and John Hillcoat's upcoming The Wettest County.
With Douglas Urbanski, Mr. Oldman produced the feature Nil by Mouth. The film
screenwriting and directing debut, and was selected to world premiere as the
opening-night film of the
1997 [50th Anniversary of the] Cannes International Film Festival, at which the
film's leading lady
Kathy Burke won the Best Actress award. Subsequent honors for Nil by Mouth
prestigious Channel Four Director's Prize, at the Edinburgh International Film
Festival; 6 British
Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations, and 3 wins including for Ms. Burke
and her fellow
actors Ray Winstone and Laila Morse; the BAFTA Award for Best Original
Screenplay as well as
BAFTA's Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year, the
latter shared by
Mr. Oldman and Mr. Urbanski.
The team's subsequent productions have included Rod Lurie's The Contender,
starring Joan Allen and
Jeff Bridges. The film received 2 Academy Award, 2 Golden Globe Award, and 3
Screen Actors Guild
Award nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actor (Mr. Oldman); and the
ensemble and the
writer/director were honored with the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Alan
J. Pakula Award.
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