Gary Oldman put his 98-year-old mother in the global spotlight when he praised her during his Academy Award acceptance speech and asked her to ‘Put the kettle on: I’m bringing Oscar home.’
Now she has told me how her son has made her ‘very proud’.
Kathleen Oldman, known as Kay to her friends, lives with Gary and his wife, art curator and photographer Gisele Schmidt, who took this world exclusive picture of the two of them.
The 59-year-old actor moved his mum from Bermondsey to LA 20 years ago, shortly after his fictionalised, semi-autobiographical film Nil By Mouth was filmed.
Gary Oldman is pictured with his 98-year-old mother Kathleen after bringing home the Oscar
Shortly after picking up his prize for Best Actor, Gary poses for a photo with his agent Jim Osborne and manager Douglas Urbanski (right)
A patient Gary inspects the graving for his Best Actor oscar, moments after being declared this year's winner
A beaming Gary cannot contain his delight in photographs taken by his wife Gisele Schmidt
Photos by Gisele Schmidt
Originally, Mrs Oldman lived in an apartment close to her son’s estate, but about 18 months ago she moved into his home. He told me ‘she can’t see very well and her hearing’s poor’.
She has not spoken about the Oscar that appeared on the kitchen table in the early hours of last Monday morning; but she did give me an exclusive statement: ‘I used to tell Gary stories about living in London during World War II and listening to Churchill on the wireless.
'So to have him win for portraying this great man made me very proud.’
'She was my first champion': Gary Oldman thanked his mother Kathleen, 99, for her 'love and support' following big Oscar win on Sunday night
Main man: Oldman, 59, was named best actor for his sublime portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, beating fellow Britons Daniel Day-Lewis and Daniel Kaluuya
Oldman has often spoken to me about his mother: her upbringing, her abusive marriage to Oldman’s father, and how she coped during the War.
The actor and Douglas Urbanski, his manager and producer, had hoped to be filming Smiley’s People for Working Title; with Oldman returning as master spy George Smiley; following on from his Oscar-nominated performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Oldman would have directed the film as well. But it has fallen through (for now) because of various rights issues.
He and Urbanski are developing several other screen projects instead.
Close: Afterwards Oldman told the Daily Mail his mother was his ‘champion’ – she raised him and his two sisters alone after her husband walked out, and encouraged Gary to pursue acting
'I can remember holding her hand as she walked me to school': Oldman, who battled alcoholism for years, said that he and his mother have always been close
Gulliver Flynn Oldman, Gisele Schmidt, Gary Oldman and Charlie John Oldman at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party
Transformed: Gary won the Best Actor gong for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour