A crime that has been going on for over twenty years.
Alright, look, I understand that using the word "Crime" when describing anything that does not involve theft, violence or loss of life and/or property immediately negates the magnitude of anything that follows it. However, I consider this series of events to be as close as you can get to this and remain in the category of "Figurative" theft as opposed to "Literal" theft.
Today, Gary Oldman, far and away the best actor in motion pictures for over a quarter of a century, had his first Oscar nomination bestowed upon him.
If any of you are unfamiliar with this truly, truly spectacular performer, here is a recent tribute to him from the good people at the New York Times.. The quality of the image is not great for the montage, but it does include much of his best work.
How does something like this happen? How does a guy blessed with this level of talent and blessed with the opportunity to show said talent off in several amazing roles do such with so little recognition? Sure, he's a success, he is paid well for his services and he's had significant relationships with both Uma Thurman and Isabella Rossellini, so he's not exactly a hard luck case or anything. He just deserves more, especially when there are people with such mediocre amounts of talent who get so much more. Gary Oldman's streak of Oscar has seen nominations for men of such questionable talents as Mark Wahlberg. Of course, when I say "questionable", I mean "virtually none".
Gary Oldman's problem is that he's too good. People like when a likable performer reaches down into the deepest recesses of their beings and come out with a career defining performance. Gary Oldman is far too good and far too workmanlike for something like that to happen. He can't strive to be better because he's already the best. Even when he's in terrible movies he's mesmerizing. Other creative types hate people like this. I'd hate him too if he weren't so damn good. Yes, I am aware that I am accusing the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of being player haters. What else are you going to call people who have snubbed a man who can play Beethoven, Dracula, Joe Orton, Sid Vicious Rosencrantz (or Guildenstern) and Lee Harvey Oswald along with countless other great original characters.
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" is not just a pretty great movie, but one to which I shall forever be indebted because it has finally given Gary Oldman the credit he so desperately deserves. Does he have a chance at winning? Probably not, unless George Clooney and Brad Pitt split the coveted "Obscenely handsome" vote. It doesn't really matter all that much to me. A wrong has been righted, justice has been served.
Besides, sometimes, it's an honor just to be nominated,