Darkest Hour: Gary Oldman as you’ve never seen him

The actor’s performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour makes him an Academy Awards frontrunner – and more top contenders for Oscars are also emerging.

Darkest Hour doesn’t open until 22 November in the US and 12 January in the UK – but, judging by its reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, the World War Two drama is set to be one of the best films of the year. Particular praise is singled out for Gary Oldman, who is unrecognisable as Winston Churchill in the early days of the war. It’s the kind of transformation that has ‘Oscar’ written all over it.

Other performances getting Oscars attention at TIFF are those from Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water and Andrew Garfield in Breathe. Another film attracting buzz is Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird: a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl played by Saoirse Ronan.

In a video chat from Toronto, Tom Brook talks to BBC Culture deputy editor Christian Blauvelt and film reporter Emma Jones about what we can expect from the Oscars race ahead. Click the play button on the video above for it to start.

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