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SAG Awards 2012: Christopher Plummer isn't talking Oscar

January 29, 2012 |  6:13 pm

Christopher Plummer at the SAG Awards 2012

Veteran actor Christopher Plummer, who won for supporting male actor in a drama at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, won't dare even think about the possibility of taking home an Oscar in the coming weeks.

"I can't talk about that yet," he said of the upcoming ceremony. "That's miles down the road."

Plummer is nominated for his role as Hal Fields, a 75-year-old art expert who surprises his son Oliver (played by Ewan McGregor) by revealing he's gay.

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When a reporter backstage at the Shrine Auditorium pressed the 82-year-old actor about whether an Oscar was an award he desired to win, Plummer could only scoff at such "an awful question."

Before letting out a chuckle, he said: "No. I think it's frightfully boring." Then, getting serious, he added: "[Actors] don’t get into this business preoccupied by awards. If we did, we wouldn’t last five minutes."

In his acceptance speech, the actor thanked his wife, Elaine Taylor, for saving his life. Elaborating backstage, Plummer said it was because of her that he put down the bottle.

The idea of putting a stop to drinking seemed absurd, at the time. "What on Earth am I going to do?" he recalled thinking. "I was really going downhill. She saved my life … I'm here now.”


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Photo: Christopher Plummer holds his Actor during coverage of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at the Shrine Exposition Hall on Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times