It seems impossible that, six decades and 100 movies into a distinguished film career, Christopher Plummer had never won or even been nominated for an Oscar. He's won Tonys and Emmys and Genies (Canada's Oscar equivalent), but he's been ignored by the Academy ... until this year's nominations, when the 80-year-old star earned a Best Supporting Actor nod for his role as Leo Tolstoy in 'The Last Station.'

This might look like one of those better-late-than-never citations the Academy sometimes dangles in front of senior thespians, a belated consolation prize for a lifetime of outstanding work, offered just in case this is the last chance the Academy ever has to honor the performer in his declining years. Except that Plummer hardly seems to be in his declining years at all. As a character actor, he's as busy as ever, having enjoyed prominent roles in at least four major films this year ('Last Station,' 'Up,' '9,' and 'The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus'), and he shows no signs of slowing down.
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