Oscar voters get DVD screener of ‘Darkest Hour’ starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

Gary Oldman has led the Best Actor race at the Oscars all season long for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Joe Wright‘s “Darkest Hour.” Focus Features just sent Oscar voters screeners of this WWII drama.The film is set in the first months of his tenure as British prime minister, when he must decide between a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany or a prolonged war. 

Oldman is virtually unrecognizable in the role, and this respected veteran will easily earn his second  Best Actor nomination (following “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” 2011). As for the win? Remember, Oscar voters love to reward performers who play real-life people, including six of the last 10 Best Actor champs. Among those was Colin Firth, who won as another British leader during World War II: King George VI in “The King’s Speech.” Emmy winner Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline”) plays him here.

To date, the following screeners of films have been delivered to members of the motion picture academy who vote on the Oscar nominations. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

Dec. 5: “Darkest Hour”

Dec. 4: “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”
Dec. 4: “The Breadwinner”
Dec. 4: “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”


Nov. 28: “Detroit”
Nov. 28: “I, Tonya”

Nov. 22: “Victoria and Abdul”

Nov. 21: “Mudbound”

Nov. 20: “Last Flag Flying”
Nov. 20: “Wonderstruck”

Nov. 17: “Battle of the Sexes”
Nov. 17: “Gifted”

Nov. 16: “First They Killed My Father”
Nov. 16: “The Beguiled”

Nov. 14: “Get Out”

Nov. 13: “Breathe”
Nov. 13: “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

Nov. 10: “Beatriz at Dinner”
Nov. 10: “Stronger”

Nov. 9: “The LEGO Batman Movie”
Nov. 9: “Wonder Woman”

Nov. 6: “Despicable Me 3”
Nov. 6: “Split”

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Oct. 25: “City of Ghosts”
Oct. 25: “Human Flow”
Oct. 25: “Long, Strange Trip”

Oct. 17: “The Meyerowitz Stories”
Oct. 17: “Okja”
Oct. 17: “War Machine”

Sept. 19: “Maudie”
Sept. 19: “Norman: Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer”

Sept. 16: “Logan”

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