Oscars 2012: Christopher Plummer wins for supporting actor
Christopher Plummer won the supporting actor Academy Award for "Beginners," in which he portrays Hal Fields, a widower who reveals to his son that he is gay and that he has terminal cancer.
This is the first Oscar win for Plummer, 82, who was also nominated in 2009 for his supporting role in "The Last Station."
Plummer's Academy Award victory was expected after the veteran character actor also won the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for the role, sweeping every major award show this season.
Plummer beat out Kenneth Branagh for "My Week With Marilyn," Jonah Hill for "Moneyball," Nick Nolte for "Warrior" and Max von Sydow for "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."
Plummer's nomination was the only Oscar nod for "Beginners," which was praised by critics and won the Gotham Awards for best picture and ensemble cast. The Ewan McGregor-starring drama was written and directed by Mike Mills, whose film "Thumbsucker" made a splash on the festival circuit in 2005.
The Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.
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— Noelene Clark
Photo: "Beginners" actor Christopher Plummer. Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times.