Gary Oldman has already been tipped for an Oscar thanks to his stunning performance. The actor's portrayal of Churchill's moments of compassion and humanity are as engaging as the big speeches. While spending 200 hours in make-up and smoking 400 cigars during the course of filming might have helped Oldman get into character, it still takes a special talent to make Churchill come to life in a way which is both historically believable and somehow original. Lily James’ role as supporting actress is similarly impressive. Her character Elizabeth Layton is employed to work as Churchill’s typist, subjected to long hours and forced to hold back her emotions as the news from the frontline worsens and she fears for the safety of loved ones.