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Oscars: Christopher Plummer in the prime of his Oscar career – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell “The Sound of Music.” “The Insider.” “The Man Who Would Be King.” “Malcolm X.” “The New World.” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Now say this out loud. Christopher Plummer has only one Oscar nomination, and he received it in 2009 for “The Last Station.”

That’s a crime. But it likely could be rectified on Jan. 24, when the legendary actor (hopefully) will be recognized for his work on Mike Mills’ “Beginners.” Plummer plays Hal Fields, a closeted homosexual who finally comes out after his wife passes away … creating problems for his son (Ewan McGregor).

Plummer has been active on the awards trail, picking up nominations – and wins – from the BFCA, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Independent Spirit Awards, the L.A. Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild or his tender, honest portrayal. But his awards journey started at the Hollywood Film Awards, which we handed out in October.

At our ceremony, Plummer was recognized with this year’s Hollywood Supporting Actor Award. He gave one of the evening’s most charming speeches (matched only by McGregor’s introduction for his delightful co-star). Plummer is enjoying a very successful awards campaign for “Beginners.” We anticipate it continuing, and we wish him the best of luck.

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Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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