With 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' heading to theaters, we look at the actor's best work
6. "The Contender" (2000)
Oldman in Rod Lurie's 2000 political pot-boiler "The Contender" was a casting stroke of genius. And the performance delivered as promised. Regardless of the ugly behind-the-scenes squabble over the film's point of view, Oldman is devilishly filled with resolve as a Conservative senator gunning for a vice-presidential appointee. He turns simple acts like eating a meal into tension-inducing tête-à-têtes. A SAG nomination came, but Oscar avoided.