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Gary Oldman receives 1st acting prize in 20 years at critics awards

London, Fri, 03 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 3 (ANI): Gary Oldman has won his first acting award in more than two decades for his role in 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' through public vote at a critics awards.


The 53-year-old actor was voted best British film star in a public vote at the annual Richard Attenborough Regional Film Awards.


"This is the first prize for acting in a specific performance that I've received in over 20 years and that makes it all the more special," the BBC quoted the actor as saying in a statement.


'Tinker Tailor' was also named British film of the year.


Oldman, who plays spymaster George Smiley, received his first ever Oscar nomination last week and is up for best actor at the Baftas.


In the critics' categories, the winners were:


Film of the year: The Artist (previously announced)


Filmmaker: Michel Hazanavicius - director, The Artist


Screenwriter: Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Actor: Michael Fassbender - Shame


Actress: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady


Rising star: Tom Hiddleston - War Horse, Thor, The Deep Blue Sea, Midnight in Paris


UK public votes included:


British film of the year: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Animated film: Arthur Christmas


Family film: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn


British film star: Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


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Film Blog: CineVue


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