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Comment 24 JANUARY 2012

'Humbling and delightful:' Gary thrilled with first nod of three-decade career

Gary Oldman is overjoyed after receiving his first ever Oscar nod after over three decades in the business.

"This afternoon in Berlin I have learned that I was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor," he said.

"You may have heard this before, but it has never been truer than it is for me today, it is extremely humbling, gratifying and delightful to have your work recognised by the Academy, and to join the celebrated ranks of previous nominees and colleagues. Amazing."

The Londoner actor recently told The Huffington Post: "I've never actually been nominated. I've been doing this now for 33 years, and it is nice when people like the work and acknowledge it."



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"If it would happen, even just a nomination, I would be thrilled. It would be very nice."

He's been put forward for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as espionage veteran George Smiley who is forced from semi-retirement to track down a mole in MI6.

Gary has racked up an impressive CV of memorable characters over the years.

Standout roles have included a turn as killer Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's JFK, and playing doomed punk Sid Vicious for Sid and Nancy, a part for which he lost 45 lbs.

But despite his dedication to his craft there's no statuette on his mantlepiece.

Critics widely agreed that 2001 was his year, but he was passed up for his role in political thriller The Contender.



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Asked if he was upset, the veteran responded: "I cared, yes. An Oscar would have been nice - it would have got me closer to what I want to do, which is make more films.

"But I didn't care for very long. The nominations come and if you're not on the list you go, 'Oh well,' like I've done a lot of times before."

Other Brits vying for success at this year's ceremony include Kenneth Branagh. The Belfast-born star has added to his BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn.

And among this year's biggest surprises was the inclusion of Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close.

The Billy Elliot director's new film, which stars Tom Hanks, follows the story of a young boy as he tries to come to terms with losing his father in the September 11 attacks.

More on the veteran actor's colourful life 

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