Christopher Plummer receiving Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for “Beginners” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell The legendary Christopher Plummer, who has been earning raves for his performance in Mike Mills’ “Beginners” as a widower embracing his homosexuality, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Plummer, an Academy Award nominee for his recent performance in “The Last Station,” has been enjoying even more awards chatter as of late for his turn as Hal, a closeted gay man who didn’t choose to come out until his wife passed away … much to the surprise of his son (Ewan McGregor).

Plummer, who can be seen in “Barrymore” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” later this year, will be on hand to accept the award.

His bio is below:

Christopher Plummer has long been one of the most respected actors in theater and film. In 2008, Alfred A. Knopf published Plummer’s memoir, “In Spite of Myself,” which became one of the most acclaimed autobiographies of recent years. He has also written for the stage, television, and the concert hall.

Mr. Plummer’s first film was Sidney Lumet’s “Stage Struck,” with Henry Fonda and Susan Strasberg. His notable movies since then have included John Huston’s “The Man Who Would Be King,” in which he portrayed author Rudyard Kipling, Anthony Mann’s “The Fall of The Roman Empire,” Guy Hamilton’s “Battle of Britain,” Sergei Bondarchuk’s “Waterloo,” Nicholas Ray’s “Wind Across the Everglades,” Robert Mulligan’s “Inside Daisy Clover,” Robert Wise’s Academy Award-winning “The Sound of Music,” opposite Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards’ “The Return of the Pink Panther,” with Peter Sellers, Daryl Duke’s “The Silent Partner,” Bob Clark’s “Murder by Decree,” in which he played Sherlock Holmes and for which he won the Genie Award (Canada’s Oscar equivalent) for Best Actor, Jeannot Szwarc’s “Somewhere in Time,” with Christopher Reeve; Nicholas Meyer’s “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man,” Taylor Hackford’s “Dolores Claiborne,” Terry Gilliam’s “Twelve Monkeys” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” Ron Howard’s Academy Award-winning “A Beautiful Mind,” Atom Egoyan’s “Ararat,” Douglas McGrath’s “Nicholas Nickleby,” Jon Turteltaub’s “National Treasure,” Gary David Goldberg’s “Must Love Dogs,” Stephen Gaghan’s “Syriana,” Terrence Malick’s “The New World,” Michael Schroeder’s “Man in the Chair,” for which Mr. Plummer was named Best Actor at the Palm Beach International Film Festival; and Michael Mann’s “The Insider,” as Mike Wallace.

For his portrayal of novelist Leo Tolstoy, opposite Helen Mirren, in “The Last Station,” written and directed by Michael Hoffman, Mr. Plummer received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Spirit Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Most recently, he was seen starring alongside Ewan McGregor in writer/director Mike Mills acclaimed comedy/drama “Beginners.”

He again stars as the legendary John Barrymore in the feature “Barrymore,” directed and adapted by Erik Canuel from the William Luce play for which Mr. Plummer won a Tony Award. The film recently premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Next he will star with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” due out in December 2011.

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