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Beginners is a 2010 drama film, written and directed by Mike Mills. It tells the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a man trying to deal with two stunning revelations from his 75 year-old father Hal (Christopher Plummer): that he is gay and gravely ill.
The film is based on the true-life coming out of Mills' father at the age of 75, five years before his death.


Christopher Plummer wins Oscar


Christopher Plummer wins the Oscar


Christopher Plummer may be the oldest Oscar winner ever, but he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
LOS ANGELES — Christopher Plummer may be the oldest Oscar winner ever, but he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
The 82-year-old came on stage Sunday night to accept his best supporting actor award and stared at the statuette before remarking on how great it looked.
“You’re only two years older than me darling, where have you been all of my life?” Plummer asked.
At birth, he joked, “I was already rehearsing my academy acceptance speech, but it was so long ago mercifully for you I’ve forgotten it.”
The humor and heartfelt one he delivered Sunday night wasn’t that original version, he said, but, “I haven’t forgotten who to thank.
Backstage, Plummer told reporters of the recognition he’s received recently, “It’s sort of a renewal, it has recharged me,” he said. “I hope I can do it for another 10 years at least.
Plummer has enjoyed a vibrant career that has included his first two Oscar nominations in the past three years. Wearing a navy velvet tuxedo, Plummer thanked fellow nominees, co-stars and his wife, who he said “deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for coming to my rescue every day of my life.”
Plummer won for his role in “Beginners” as Hal Fields, a museum director who becomes openly gay after his wife of 44 years dies. His loving, final relationship becomes an inspiration for his son, who struggles with his father’s death and how to find intimacy in a new relationship.
Over more than 50 years in the industry, Plummer has enjoyed varied roles ranging from Captain Von Trapp in the “The Sound of Music” to the voice of the villain in 2009’s “Up.” He was nominated for his portrayal of Leo Tolstoy in “The Last Station” three years ago.
Plummer beat out fellow nominees Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte and fellow octogenarian Max von Sydow.
He displaces George Burns, who in 1976 was the oldest nominee to win a supporting actor Oscar at age 80. Jessica Tandy, who won for “Driving Miss Daisy” was the oldest winner before Sunday’s show.
Plummer’s age was a joke for host Billy Crystal, who told the audience, “He may be walking up on stage tonight because apparently he wanders off.”
In the end, Plummer did end up onstage and it wasn’t a mistake at all. The audience showered him with applause and Plummer’s lifelong dream was fulfilled.
Not that he’s going to stop acting anytime soon. “I’m going to drop dead wherever I am, whether it’s onstage or on a set,” Plummer said after his win.


















Christopher Plummer: Golden Globes 2012 Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture


Christopher Plummer won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in 'Beginners."


Remarkably, the win gives Plummer his first career Golden Globe win; it also puts him in prime position to win his first Oscar.

"I want to salute my partner, Ewan -- that wily Scott -- Ewan 'My Heart's in the Highlands' McGregor," he said. "That scene-stealing swine... also, a 21 gun salute goes to Michael Mills, whose talent and wisdom made 'Beginners' such an enchanting story. And of course the rest of the family, including Cosmo my favorite dog... and lastly, a lady called Elaine, my wife of 43 years, whose bravery and beauty haunts me still."

Behind the scenes, he told the press, "Gay characters are human beings. we’re all exactly the same. That's the reason I played it the way I did, not as a caricature. They're a part of our society since the Egyptians, the Greeks - it's part of the human condition. I know there is a lot of antigay sentiment in our society at the moment and I abhor it."













When Christopher Plummer accepted his supporting actor Golden Globe award Sunday for his role in writer-director Mike Mills' film “Beginners,” he modestly apologized to his fellow nominees for his win. But don’t be fooled by the 82-year-old’s humility. “That was humor,” Plummer said backstage to reporters. More seriously, though, he said: “I always like to salute my competitors … No one is better than the other. It’s just that someone has to win.”

In “Beginners,” Plummer portrays Hal, an elderly widow who comes out as gay to his son, played by Ewan McGregor. Asked about the demonstrations — both anti-gay and pro-gay — taking place just outside the Beverly Hilton, Plummer called for tolerance. “Gay [people] are human beings … I know there is an awful lot of anti-gay feeling at this moment and I abhor it,” he said.

Speaking on his role, Plummer noted: “It was such an understated, human kind of character that I haven’t played for a long time. I’ve never had such a fun time.”








Christopher Plummer Wins SAG Award For 'Beginners' Gay Role















Christopher Plummer won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for best supporting actor on Sunday for his role in Beginners.
“I just can't tell you what fun I've had being a member of the world's second oldest profession,” he said in accepting the award. “Actors are gregarious and wacky are they not? I love them dearly. When they honor you, it's like being lit by the Holy Grail.”
Plummer concluded his speech by thanking his "long-suffering wife Elaine who 43 years ago came to my rescue and saved my life."


The 15th annual Hollywood Awards took place on Monday 24 October 2011


The 15th annual Hollywood Awards took place on Monday 24 October 2011 night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, kicking off a months-long season of self-congratulations and chicken dinners shared by the same core group of people

It was uncertain how Christopher Plummer (Beginners), the 81-year-old who is widely considered to be the frontrunner for the best supporting actor Oscar, would handle himself upon being presented with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award by his co-star Ewan McGregor. Plummer has a reputation for being a bit curmudgeonly, especially when it comes to the gladhanding part of awards campaigning, which might explain why he has only been nominated for an Oscar once -- for best supporting actor for The Last Station (2009) -- despite having given great performances for decades. But he passed this early test with flying colors, joking that he was pleased to be among the first to be honored because it was "way past my bedtime"; stating, "I've never been so relaxed in front of a camera"; and profusely thanking his "son" McGregor, his "partner" Goran Visnjic, writer/director Mike Mills, and, "of course, Cosmo, the dog."















Stage star and former Mr. Von Trapp, Christopher Plummer, will topline the new Indie film, Beginners, alsongside Ewan McGregor, Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds), and Goran Visnjic (ER). 

This is 2003. This is Oliver (Ewan McGregor). He is an artist whose work nobody appreciates. This is Hal (Christopher Plummer). He's a cancer-stricken widower who has come out of the closet at the age of 75. He is Oliver's father. This is 'Beginners,'







Beginners is a upcoming drama film, written and directed by Mike Mills. It tells the story of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), a man trying to deal with two stunning revelations from his 75 year-old father Hal (Christopher Plummer): that he is gay and gravely ill.

The film is based on the true-life coming out of Mills' father at the age of 75, five years before his death.

Beginners premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, where The Los Angeles Times heralded it as a "heady, heartfelt film" with a cast who has "a strong sense of responsibility to their real-world counterparts".




 








Beginners is a heartbreaking, soulful exploration of both hetero and homosexual repression. It’s a deeply personal and haunting narrative recalling other homosexual poets and their stories, most notably Terrance Davies. All of this we see through the eyes of Ewan McGregor’s Oliver, who must get his terminally-ill father Hal’s life, including his dog, in order. Oliver attempts to map human sadness and starts a series of sketches to capture its evolution over time.

Set in 2005, he is a beginner in some ways himself. Never married (or frequently in break-ups), he sees the world through his practice: graphic design. In voice-overs he tells us “this is what pretty looked like in 1955” and so forth, in an attempt to understand his own father and perhaps his mother’s repression as he grapples with his own sadness.

A few months after Oliver’s mother passes, his dad, Hal, played brilliantly by Christopher Plummer, comes out to his son. He had always been a homosexual in theory and is now excited to practice, finding himself a new younger lover with a father complex, Andy (Goran Visnjic). Hal, now liberated, starts wearing designer jeans and putting himself out in the personals.






















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