Tolstoy takes Christopher Plummer to the Oscars

Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:04pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Christopher Plummer has finally quit membership of an elite group -- the one comprised of fine actors never to have been nominated for an Oscar.

Not that Plummer, 80, has exactly been sitting around waiting for Oscar to call. He's been far too busy enjoying himself on stage and on television, taking home two Tony and two Emmy awards, and now working as much as at any time in his more than 50 year career.

So the Canadian actor, most famous for a role he would rather forget but has come to make peace with (Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music"), is delighted by his best supporting actor Oscar nomination for playing Tolstoy in "The Last Station," yet sanguine about the prospect of NOT winning.

"I'm not going to win so I don't really have to make a speech, which is rather a relief," he laughed.

"It is extremely nice to be honored and I think that is the award. How can you possibly compare one to the other because they are five such different people? So it's rather nice to leave them as five and I am very proud to be in that five," Plummer told Reuters.

The other supporting actor nominees are Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds", Matt Damon ("Invictus"), Stanley Tucci ("The Lovely Bones") and Woody Harrelson ("The Messenger").

On film, Plummer has brought audiences iconic people such as Aristotle, Rudyard Kipling and Sherlock Holmes, while his career in the theater has seen him play almost every male Shakespeare lead except Falstaff.

But it was "The Last Station", in which he plays the aging and adored Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in a battle of wits with his tempestuous wife Sofya (Helen Mirren), that finally brought him to the attention of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Mirren also earned an Oscar nomination.   Continued...

<p>Christopher Plummer from the film "The Last Station" arrives at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 23, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>