Oscar (G)Oldman

Finally! Today Gary Oldman received his first Academy Award nomination, for his subdued star turn in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Despite many great performances in the past, he has now received a nod for one which is easily his least showy role, a soft-spoken re-imagining of George Smiley, the beloved operative originally assayed by the late, great Sir Alec Guiness in the BBC mini-series of the same title. (Curiously, two of Mr. Oldman’s competitors in the Best Actor category, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, have also been recognized for their more under-stated work, too.)

I was fortunate to host Mr. Oldman just a couple of months ago for a very special edition of The High Bar — the only episode not to be shot at an actual bar! Even without the proper backdrop or the liquid courage on tap, our talk of trust and loyalty seemed to intoxicate the actor without any of the nasty side-effects.

I do hope we may welcome Mr. Oldman back when he has more time to visit and we have a bottle to share.

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