Christopher Plummer picks up his first Golden Globe

Proving he’s no beginner, Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer snatches up a Golden Globe, one of many surprising wins of the night.

Christopher Plummer

Last night, Canada’s own Christopher Plummer received his first Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie Beginners.

The film was written and directed by Mike Mills, and follows a character named Oliver (Ewan McGregor) through a series of reflections on his relationship with his father Hal (Christopher Plummer), who confesses that he is gay. The movie follows Oliver’s recollections, while Hal explores this new aspect of his life.

The role is controversial but not unusual for Plummer, whose eclectic career spans for over five decades. The actor gained fame as Captain von Trapp in the Sound of Music alongside Julie Andrews and has since graced the screen with many of Hollywood greats. He holds over five honorary doctorates and over a dozen awards. It was not until 2010 however, at 81 years old, that Plummer received his first Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for the film The Last Station. And only this year he was recognised for his accomplishment with his first Golden Globe win. Maybe an Oscar is still in the future for this incredibly talented and seasoned Hollywood veteran.

Christopher Plummer was not the only one nominated for a controversial role this year. His co-star in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara, was nominated for a Golden Globe for her chilling role as the troubled Lisbeth Salander and Michael Fassbender was nominated for his role as a sex addict in Shame.

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