In the running for six statuettes at this year’s 90th Academy Awards, Darkest Hour is one of 2017’s most acclaimed films. The Joe Wright-directed historical drama is available on digital as of today, Feb. 6, and to celebrate, Paste is proud to premiere a behind-the-scenes clip from the film’s bonus features.
The clip features Wright, stars Lily James (Baby Driver) and Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One), and producer Lisa Bruce discussing Darkest Hour’s supporting characters. Wright highlights the importance of James’ character, Winton Churchill’s secretary Elizabeth Layton, while Bruce praises James’ “forensic study of detail and dedication” in bringing the character to life. Mendelsohn’s character King George VI is emphasized, as well—Wright stresses that he wanted Mendelsohn to play the adversary to Gary Oldman’s Churchill “from the beginning,” praising the actor’s “extraordinary talent.”
Darkest Hour’s most noteworthy Oscar nominations include nods for Best Picture and Best Lead Actor for Oldman’s transformative performance as Churchill. The film is also up for awards in the Production Design, Cinematography, Costume Design, and Makeup & Hairstyling categories. Oscar winners will be announced on March 4.
Paste’s Dom Sinacola wrote of the film, “It’s a beautiful thing, Wright’s film, an act of historical tension made with the grandest of ambitions tempered by the most careful of portrayals—precise in its bloat and fearless in its fantasy—a reminder today of what makes for actual leadership in a world exhausted by flummoxed white men with sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Darkest Hour is due out on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on Feb. 27. Watch Paste’s behind-the-scenes clip above and read our review of the film here.