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Christopher Plummer

2.3.12 - Christopher Plummer Receives Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Modern Master Award January 28, 2012.

It is a complete anomaly that CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER has not been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In a stellar career that has spanned now 60 years, PLUMMER has played some incredible parts, but not until 2009 was he ever nominated for an Oscar, when he was up for Best Supporting Actor in 2009 for his portrayal of Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. He lost out to CHROSTOPHER WALTZ for his performance in Inglorious Bastards.

Clearly the favorite this year, he finds himself up against KENNETH BRANAUGH, JONAH HILL, NICK NOLTE and MAX von SYDOW. It sets up an interesting evening, as MAX is another fantastic actor who has not been recognized by the Academy in his eons of years in the business.

But I digress. Is there another actor with the range and force of PLUMMER. From his legendary presence in The Sound of Music, to his comedic turn in The Return of the Pink Panther, or his Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree, the man can act. Did you catch him in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, or Dolores Caliborne? He played Mike Wallace to a tee in The Insider, and appears in this year's The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. It is unthinkable that of all these roles, he has only been nominated twice.

In any event, in Beginners, he plays a role inspired by the real life experience of direcor Mike Mills. As it turns out, Mills grew up in Santa Barbara, and his father was Director of the Art Museum there. PLUMMER plays the elder Mills as he comes out of the closet after the death of his wife. The role has garnered numerous praise and awards for Plummer, and could finally gain him his first Oscar.

Within the irony of all this, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER was presented with The Modern Master Award at the 27th Santa Barabara International Film Festival Saturday evening, just steps from the very same Art Museum where the director's father led a closeted, but highly visible life. MIlls was on hand to discuss his father, and PLUMMER, as well as present the legend with the trophy.

PLUMMER was larger than life, both as he stalked the red carpet, and as he sat on stage discussing the breadth and bravado of his remarkable career. Make no mistake, this is a man of significant presence, but he was so gentle and humble, praising the audience for "sitting through" the presentation. As the evening concluded, the 82-year old actor still found the time to sign autographs for the fans waiting for his departure out the back door of the theater.

The next evening PLUMMER was onstage in Los Angeles to accept the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor, no doubt a pre-cursor for the Academy Award later this month, and the culmination of the recognition of an incredible actor, long overdue.

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