Gary Oldman has won the Oscar for his role in Darkest Hour.

The British actor, who was previously nominated in 2012 for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, fought off tough competition from Denzel Washington, Daniel Day-Lewis, Timothée Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya to scoop the award.

His role in Darkest Hour won over both critics and audiences when it hit screens.

Accepting the award, he said: “My deepest thanks to the Academy for this glorious prize.

“The movies – such is their power – captivated a young man from South London and gave him a dream.

“I’d like to salute Winston Churchill who has been marvellous company on what has been an incredible journey.”