Backlash fierce for Gary Oldman
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By Christian Gollayan
March 4, 2018 | 11:55pm | Updated March 5, 2018 | 12:02am
Gary Oldman won “Best Actor” at the Academy Awards. But for some entertainment fans, the 59-year-old actor’s win marks the “Darkest Hour” of the #metoo era.
Social media users are resurfacing allegations from Oldman’s ex-wife in 2001. The Daily Beast reported that she said Oldman hit her “in the face with the telephone receiver three or four times.” (Oldman has denied these allegations.)
“Strange that Gary Oldman didn’t thank his publicist for keeping all of those domestic violence assault allegations from getting too much coverage this awards season,” writes film blogger Jon Adams.
“Was Gary Oldman a secret agent sent to ruin my evening, and possibly my life?” writes Entertainment Weekly correspondent Dana Schwartz.
“Literally ANY OF THE OTHER FOUR NOMINEES would have been better than Gary Oldman,” writes Buzzfeed editor Kristin Chirico.
But not everyone seems to be bothered by Oldman’s past. One Oscar ballot voter anonymously told the Hollywood Reporter: “Gary Oldman was so good that I don’t care if he hit his wife with a telephone.”