BAFTA Awards: Gary Oldman Leaves Empty-Handed, Jean Dujardin Wins Best Leading Actor
Gary Oldman will be nursing disappointment this morning, leaving last night's BAFTAs empty-handed, after losing out in the Best Leading Actor category.
At least the veteran actor, who was overlooked by the Golden Globes and the Oscars, was in good company at the BAFTAs - fellow nominees Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Michael Fassbender also lost out to Jean Dujardin, who continued his sweep of Awards season for his role in this year's breakthrough hit The Artist.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy had been nominated for 11 awards in total, but only went home with a pair of gongs, for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The production team, though happy with their awards, were keen to emphasise afterwards that much of the credit for the film's success was due to Oldman's understated, still but eerily powerful performance in the central role of George Smiley, in the big screen adaptation of John Le Carre's novel.
And they also confirmed that there will be another outing for the master-spy, with Smiley's People now in the works.
Working Title, the team behind Tinker Tailor, are also responsible for the next Bridget Jones title, and producer Tim Bevan confirmed that the film would be going ahead, despite controversy over Hugh Grant's inclusion.
Bevan said of his creative partner Eric Fellner, "Basically he was away for a few months, I nearly f***ed it up, and now he's back, and it's back on track."
Hopefully for Oldman, Smiley will have a smoother return to the screen.
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