Christopher Plummer wins big at Academy Awards

Toronto native also wins Spirit Award.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

At 82 years young, Christopher Plummer, probably most well-known for his role playing Captain Von Trapp in the hit 1965 movie opposite Julie Andrews "The Sound of Music," not only took home an Oscar this weekend but a Spirit Award too.

Plummer was honoured for his role in the new flick "Beginners," where he plays an older gay man who comes out of the closet after his wife dies. He took the supporting-actor prize on Saturday at the Spirit Awards and then won Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards last evening. The gutsy role in "Beginners" has also earned him a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA.

It's certainly not his first time receiving accolades – Plummer has amassed more than 20 awards in his distinguished career including a Genie Award, two Tony Awards, and two Emmys. He was also nominated for an Oscar last year for his role in "The Last Station."

Plummer has major roots in Canadian soil – he was born in Senneville and attended school in Montreal. He is the great-grandson of Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott, and he acted for a short time at the Canadian Repertory Theatre (the CRT) in the Ottawa region. His acting resume includes work on more than 190 movies, TV shows, and stage performances, with his latest appearance being in the movie "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Film Editing last night and was nominated in another four categories. Plummer's 2012 flick "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" is currently in post-production.

Plummer's win last night at the Academy Awards now makes him the oldest actor to receive an Oscar.


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