Feb. 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM ET
Making Oscar history as the oldest man or woman to win an acting award, Christopher Plummer, 82, took home the Academy Award for best supporting actor. Plummer won for his role as a gay man coming out of the closet in the art-house feature, “Beginners.”
Plummer's win was greeted with a standing ovation.
“You’re only two years older than me, darling, where have you been all my life,” Plummer said to the Oscar trophy. He confessed to having practiced his thank you since exiting his mother’s womb, and offered to share the award with co-star Ewan McGregor, if “I had any decency, but I don’t.”
The star’s portrayal of joyously liberated Hal Fields is one of his latest performances in a career spanning over six decades, and in which he is perhaps best remembered for playing Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music." Having received the Golden Globe, SAG, and Independent Spirit awards already, the actor was considered by most a shoo-in to accept tonight’s honor.
Plummer beat out Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, and Max von Sydow for the award.
Earlier in the show, host Billy Crystal poked fun at Plummer's age, saying that the actor may be coming up on stage later, "because apparently he wanders off."
This is the actor’s first Academy Award. He was previously nominated in the best supporting actor category for his performance in 2009’s “The Last Station.”
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