Gary Oldman won Best Actor for his performance as Winston Churchill in the drama Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand took home the Best Actor Oscar for her role in the crime film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri at Sunday's Academy Awards. Gary Oldman is similar to Casey Affleck in that regard, who won the best actor award previous year for Manchester by the sea, even while he had been accused to sexual harassment earlier this decade. "I owe this and so much more to so many", Oldman, who won his first Oscar, opened his speech.
The pair, who were briefly married and have a son together, were nominated in the best supporting actress and best actor categories, with Oldman scooping the actor gong for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
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McDormand, who previously won the Best Actress Oscar in 1997 for her performance in Fargo, earned her Academy Award this year for playing a woman bent on revenge after her daughter is brutally raped and murdered.
In 2001, Oldman's ex-wife accused him of beating her with a telephone in front of their children. "As I picked up the phone to call the police, Gary put his hand on my neck and squeezed", she claimed in papers filed in L.A. Superior Court. I tried to dial 911.
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"Why don't they ask Gary Oldman about hitting his ex-wife in the face with a telephone?"
Another big win went to Alexandre Desplat, composer of the score for both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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Oldman's win arrives amid a growing backlash against the actor, as allegations of domestic violence against him have resurfaced. He had been considered the front-runner for the best actor award, having swept awards season. For the two steps forward the industry has seemingly taken over the last few months, Oldman and Bryant's wins were a step back, proof that Oscar voters - and some portion of Hollywood at large - are willing to separate male artists' alleged violent histories from their art, and honor them on the industry's highest levels. He did not present the best actress Oscar this year, breaking with tradition.