A member of the 1980s Brit Pack, Oldman came to prominence via starring roles in British films Meantime
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(1983), Sid and Nancy
Sid and Nancy
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(1986) and Prick Up Your Ears
Prick Up Your Ears
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(1987), with his performance in the latter bringing him his first BAFTA Award
British Academy Film Awards
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nomination; in 1987, film critic Roger Ebert
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described him as "the best young British actor around". Oldman went on to star in many popular motion pictures of the 1990s to the present day, often as weirdos and villains.