The "Darkest Hour" actor took to the stage at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to present the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards on Sunday.
As Oldman opened the envelope and said, "And the actor (statuette) goes to," someone in the audience yelled, "Gary Oldman!"
Members of the audience could be heard laughing while nominee Emily Blunt, who appeared on a split screen with the rest of her contenders, looked shocked and turned to see where the voice came from before giving a brief, confused smile and turning back to the stage. Glenn Close gave a small smile, while Lady GaGa and Melissa McCarthy refused to acknowledge the unexpected shout out. Olivia Colman was not in attendance.
Oldman suppressed a laugh before taking a beat and announcing Close as the winner for her work in "The Wife".
"Was that Christian Bale shouting Gary Oldman? #SagAwards," one viewer tweeted, while another posted, "Christian Bale screaming out 'GARY OLDMAN' while best actress was being announced is the only interesting thing about the #SAGawards."
Was that Christian Bale shouting Gary Oldman? #SagAwards— Sarah (@Cinesnark) January 28, 2019
Christian Bale screaming out 'GARY OLDMAN' while best actress was being announced is the only interesting thing about the #SAGawards— Charlie Lankston (@CharlieLanks) January 28, 2019
"Vice (2018)" star Bale, who lost out to "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s Rami Malek for the leading male prize, worked with Oldman on all three of his Batman movies. Last year (2018), the Welsh-born actor recalled how he approached his co-star for advice on how he gained the weight to play Sir Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour", as he was doing so to play former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in "Vice".
"I had said, 'I don't know how to do this except I've got to gain the weight myself.' I was in the middle of doing that," he said in a chat for Variety. "I called up Gary and I said, 'How much weight did you gain for the role?' And he said, 'I didn't gain anything.' I went, 'What?' I was already well down the track. I felt like such an idiot. I didn't understand that (prosthetics and make-up) had come such a long way."