The World War II drama is one of this year’s hottest Oscars contenders and audiences have been showing their appreciation around the world.
During the final scene of Darkest Hour, Oldman’s Churchill addresses the House of Commons with the famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech, in June 1940.
According to the Telegraph, the famous piece of oratory has been met with “extraordinary” standing ovations in the both the UK and US.
One of Darkest Hour’s producers, Eric Fellner, admitted he was surprised by the news, saying it “very rarely happens.”
He added: “It has been reported back to us, not only here but in America, and across the whole of the country not just in the big metropolitan areas.
“We’ve been hearing it a lot. It’s very surprising. It very rarely happens other than at the premiere or special screenings of the films, so it’s quite extraordinary. It’s completely unusual, totally unusual.
“When we decided to make the film it was two years ago. We made the film because we believed it was a fascinating piece of history that most people don’t know the detail of, that it was incredibly engaging and exciting in the way it was going to be told, and it was entertaining.”
Some audience members have claimed the show of standing ovations was a resurgence of the Dunkirk Spirit captured in the film.
Sir Nicholas Soames, son of Churchill’s daughter Mary, said: ““I thought it was excellent, and not only because of the brilliance of the acting and direction.
“You look at Gary Oldman, before and after – what they achieved with creating my grandfather’s persona is exceptional.”