Gary Oldman is looking forward to getting his "life back" now awards season is over.

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman

The 59-year-old actor has won a string of accolades, including a Screen Actors Guild award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice Award, and now an Academy Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in 'Darkest Hour' and though the recognition has been "lovely", the British star can't wait to get back to normality.

Speaking about awards season on the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday (04.03.18), he told 'Entertainment Tonight': "It's lovely. It's really nothing to complain about. People, for the most part, love you. The work is recognised.

"We've been going since the end of August, so I'm looking forward to getting my life back and not having a schedule where I've got to be somewhere and I've got to dress up."

And Gary admitted the last few months have been "challenging" for his wife, Gisele Schmidt, because she feels uncomfortable in the spotlight but has been by his side on the red carpet to celebrate his success.

He added: "I've got to thank my wife more than anyone, because unlike the men, you can't wear the same thing twice. For someone who doesn't like the spotlight and doesn't like to be photographed, it's been very challenging for her."

Gary was so dedicated to his role in the drama, he developed "nicotine poisoning" after smoking a reported $30,000 worth of cigars during filming, so he had no problem quitting the enforced habit once shooting had wrapped.

He said: "I had nicotine poisoning for the entire shoot. So it was very, very easy to put the [cigars] down.

"Once we were done, I actually haven't smoked a cigar since.

"There's no way of avoiding it, really. They don't make the fake cigars, they don't burn the same way.

"But I must say, I was smoking the original Churchill cigars, which I think were about $50 for one."

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