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Lesley Manville Promises "No Fisticuffs" on the Oscars Red Carpet with Ex-Husband Gary Oldman

Do you remember the moment someone informed you that Billy Crudup left a pregnant Mary-Louise Parker for Claire Danes and you were like, "I did not know that. Wait, did I?" This is sort of like that, but British and the Oscars edition. Take a deep breath, have a seat, prepare to have your mind possibly blown but possibly not, depending on whether or not you were already aware that Gary Oldman used to be married to Lesley Manville (a short time before his marriage to Uma Thurman) and they have a son.

Yes, Gary Oldman, Best ACtor Oscar frontrunner for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour, was once married to Phantom Thread's Lesley Manville, herself an Oscar nominee for her portrayal of the steely sister in Phantom Thread, back when they were both hot, young, relatively unknown actors making their way at the Royal Court Theatre in London. They married in 1987, had a son, Alfie, in 1989, and then Oldman, according to The Daily Mail, became preoccupied with his demanding film career, they stopped being intimate (because Oldman was preparing for a role as a gay man, the article implies), and the relationship fell apart. A short time later he also took up with then-20-year-old Uma Thurman, to whom he would eventually enter marry.

Manville raised their son, now an adult with a career as a cameraman and a family of his own, largely by herself, but in the decades since he has formed a genial relationship with Oldman and they're all happy for each other's success. "Alfie thought [both of his parents being nominated in the same year] was hilarious. It’s a win-win for the family really. It’s pretty big for him," said Manville. So no, there will be no ex-spouse showdown during the telecast. "I doubt there will be fisticuffs on the red carpet...They’re both pretty marvelous films, in very different ways," she said.

Oldman, by the way, married art curator Gisele Schmidt last year.

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