had to wait until his eighties to receive any attention from Oscar voters. The long-awaited first nomination for the 2010 film “The Last Station
” followed an acclaimed career in “The Sound of Music
,” “The Man Who Would Be King
,” “Somewhere in Time
,” and “The Insider
.” Even with the sympathy vote and at his age, he wouldn’t win that night, losing to Christoph Waltz
in Quentin Tarantino
’s “Inglorious Basterds” for Best Supporting Actor.
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However, two years later, Plummer was offered the plum role of Hal in the indie dramedy Beginners
starring Ewan McGregor
. It was that role that did bring Plummer his first (and only, so far) Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played an elderly man dying of cancer who reveals to his son that he is gay with a young male lover.
At 82 Plummer