While there were some who spent the awards season quietly dismissing the excellent “Spotlight” as a “TV movie,” and bemoaning the fact it didn’t have surface level razzle dazzle, they sort of missed the point. Tom McCarthy‘s surprise Best Picture Oscar winner is the sort of purely crafted drama that doesn’t get made very often, that is terrifically shot without showing off, and features an array of interlocking ensemble performances. However, Gary Oldman is not sure “Spotlight” was worthy of the movie world’s top trophy.
“There’s a sort of pedigree that [‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy‘] had, I’d like to think, worthy of such an honor. Where so many you see, you kind of go ‘really, they won an Oscar for that?’” Oldman told Yahoo. “If you think of some of the movies that have been nominated over the years for Best Picture — ‘Gone With the Wind,’ ‘Lawrence of Arabia‘ — and then you look at ‘Spotlight,’ and you kind of go, ‘Best Picture?’ I enjoyed it but, you know, sometimes it gets a little … I just scratch my head in wonder.”
I’m not quite sure I buy his logic, and his apples and oranges comparisons don’t make much sense, but hey, to each their own.
Speaking of pedigree, Oldman can next be seen in “Criminal” — a movie in which Kevin Costner‘s brain gets implanted with the memory and skills of Ryan Reynolds — which opens this Friday.