By Tom Murro, The Raleigh Telegram
HOLLYWOOD – Last week at a charity event, I had a chance to meet a true gentleman and an outstanding actor, Christopher Plummer. This past Sunday at the Oscar Awards ceremony, I was so pleased to see that Plummer finally won an award from the Academy.
When he won the Oscar for “Best Supporting Actor,” Plummer joked that he was born rehearsing his acceptance speech but that it had been so long he had forgotten it.
“You’re only two years older than me, darling,” he joked when he accepted the golden statue. “Where have you been all my life?”
Plummer was definitely one of those “he’s long overdue” nominees. It looked like he would win when he received an Oscar nomination two years ago for “The Last Station.”
However, his performance as a widower who comes out as gay late in life in “Beginners” finally garnered his Oscar win in front of his fellow actors in the Kodak Theatre and millions of adoring fans who viewed it on television.
In recent years, Plummer also played a great role as the bad guy in Spike Lee’s “Inside Man” with Clive Owen and Denzel Washington.
At 82 years old, Plummer is the oldest person ever to win an Oscar, but as with fine wine, some things just get better with age. Christopher Plummer is a class act all the way and after meeting him in person and spending a little time with this gracious man, I am even more of a fan of his great work across the decades. ::
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tom Murro, who is known as the “Celebrity Magnet,” writes for The Raleigh Telegram and national media outlets. He has had the opportunity to meet everyone from President Obama to Robert DeNiro across the country.