It was a delight, but not a surprise, when Canada’s Christopher Plummer won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, making him, at 82, the oldest performer ever to be honoured in a competing category.
“You’re only two years older than me, darling,” quipped Plummer to his Oscar as he held it aloft. “Where have you been all my life?”
After the lengthy standing ovation that greeted the announcement of his award had died down, he said, “I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my acceptance speech.”
Plummer received the Oscar for his performance in Beginners, Mike Mills’ film about a man who comes out of the closet late in life while he is dying of cancer, after his wife of 44 years has passed away.
Plummer also thanked a long list of friends and colleagues on both sides of the border, including his Toronto agent, Perry Zimel.
But his final and warmest words were for his partner of more than 40 years, “my long suffering wife, Elaine, who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for coming to my rescue every day of my life.”