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Gary Oldman’s Glasses From TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Being Auctioned Off For Charity

Posted February 14, 2012

Gary Oldman’s Glasses From His Academy Award-Nominated Performance In TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Being Auctioned Off For Charity Through The Variety Foundation

The glasses so memorably worn in-character by Gary Oldman in his Oscar-nominated performance in Focus Features’ Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, have been donated for a charity auction through the Variety Foundation and its “CharityBuzz” page. The auction will begin imminently at, and closes on Monday, February 27th.

Mr. Oldman has earned his first-ever Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, in which he portrays the tenacious spy George Smiley. In conceiving the actor’s characterization of the iconic character, Mr. Oldman conferred with director Tomas Alfredson and costume designer Jacqueline Durran over just which would be the right pair of glasses for Smiley to wear throughout. He found the desired pair in the U.S. and brought them to England for filming there. The glasses up for auction are the ones that Smiley acquires and begins wearing in the film, after the prologue and flashbacks, for the duration of the 1970s-era story as he tracks a double agent compromising Britain’s highest espionage ranks. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay (Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan), and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias). The film recently won 2 BAFTA Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay.