Gary Oldman to Receive Award at Palm Springs Film Festival for 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

December 20, 2011 By:
Gary Oldman to Receive Award at Palm Springs Film Festival for 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

Gary Oldman is getting a ton of buzz for his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and it’s already won him an honor with the Palm Springs Film Festival. Oldman is set to receive the festival’s International Star Award.

"Gary Oldman is a performer whose ability to portray the most extreme of characters is a testament to the enormity of his talent," said the festival's chairman, Harold Matzner, in a statement.

Hollyscoop talked to Oldman about his performance in the movie. He told us it focuses on the Cold War story of a retired veteran who discovers a Soviet spy.

“They recruit me, get me back in to investigate and find out who that mole might be,” Oldman told us.

Oldman tells Hollyscoop his character is “a very quiet, understated man, and he’s not your male fantasy white tuxedo guy jumping out of the Aston Martin.”

I think I know who he's talking about...

Oldman continues:

“It was kind of refreshing. It’s nice to play someone that’s switching it up from some of those more exotic characters that I’ve played.”

And as award season nears, we can’t help but think the International Star Award is just the first of many. May we even suggest...the Oscars?

“I’ve never been nominated, so I would be shocked,” Gary tells Hollyscoop.

Colin Firth also stars in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Gary says of his costar:

“I love Colin’s work.” He then asks us: “Have you met Tomas the director? He’s adorable isn’t he?”

Oldman is referring to Swedish director Tomas Alfredson. Alfredson is best known for his 2008 vampire movie, Let the Right One In. The movie won Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.

But back to spies. When it comes to the subject of espionage, Oldman has an interesting perspective:

“You know with the Internet and Wikipiedia, Google, phones everywhere, we’ve all become spies, haven’t we, in a way? We’re all spying on one another.”

The awards gala will be held early in the run of the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Festival begins on January 5 and runs through January 16.