Not quite a dark evening

Phantom Thread actress Lesley Manville said she is not “sour-faced” after ex-husband Gary Oldman won the best actor Oscar for his Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. 

  • Published 13.03.18
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Phantom Thread actress Lesley Manville said she is not “sour-faced” after ex-husband Gary Oldman won the best actor Oscar for his Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. 

For her role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s fashion drama Phantom Thread, 61-year-old Lesley was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar, which ultimately went to Allison Janney for I, Tonya. 

Lesley, married to Oldman from 1987 to 1990, said their night at the Oscars felt like a “family evening”. 

“Of course, everyone wants the story that I’m sour-faced about it. But I’m not remotely sour-faced. Listen, we have a child together, we’re a very successful family... he’s got a new wife, and we all get on. Everyone gets on,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “So it’s all fine. So we’ve had a delightful night. His sons from his other partner and my son are all very close, so it’s a family evening. And that’s what it’s felt like.”

And Gary and I are friends, so it’s been very good and been very nice for our son, I think.” 

Lesley was first of Oldman’s wives, who has been married five times. His third ex-wife Donya Fiorentino, who had accused the actor of domestic violence, had slammed the Academy Awards for honouring the Brit. 

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