Christo­pher Plum­mer doesn’t ex­pect to win Os­car for

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY VIC­TO­RIA AHEARN

The hon­our, he be­lieves, will go to Christoph Waltz for his role as an ex­u­ber­ant and ruth­less Nazi in In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds.

“He’s ter­rific in it and it’s a mar­vel­lously showy role. He’ll get it,” said Plum­mer, adding he isn’t feel­ing the pres­sure ahead of the March 7 show, where he’ll also com­pete against Matt Da­mon for In­vic­tus, Woody Har­rel­son for The Mes­sen­ger and Stan­ley Tucci for The Lovely Bones.

“ To me, it’s over be­cause once you’re nom­i­nated that’s it, re­ally. And that’s the nice part of it — that you’re nom­i­nated. I think that’s great.

“ The ac­tual show is sort of rather long and we have to sit there for a long time, I think, but I will cer­tainly go be­cause of my com­peti­tors and it would look aw­ful not to be there.”

Plum­mer, who also has a home in Con­necti­cut, has never been to the Academy Awards as he’s never been nom­i­nated be­fore and isn’t keen on the fan­fare that comes with such glitzy events.

“I don’t like go­ing un­less one is up for an award. Why would one put one­self through that agony?” he said, putting em­pha­sis on the word “agony” in his crisp, Mid-At­lantic ac­cent.

“I’m not crazy about (the fan­fare). It’s a busi­ness you know, it’s a flesh-ped­dling busi­ness, and I don’t al­ways like the feel­ing on the red car­pet. You feel like you’re push­ing your­self, which I don’t do. But it’s ex­pected, so ...”

As for what he and his wife, Elaine Tay­lor, will wear to the bash: “ We’ll just drag out the old din­ner jack­ets and evening dresses again,” he said with an­other chuckle.

Plum­mer is in two other movies that are up for Os­cars this year: he has the ti­tle role in the sur­real fan­tasy The Imag­i­nar­ium of Dr. Par­nas­sus, which earned nods for art di­rec­tion and cos­tume de­sign nom­i­na­tions. And in Up, which has five nods in­clud­ing best pic­ture, he voices evil ex­plorer Charles Muntz.

He also voiced a char­ac­ter in an­other an­i­mated film, 9, which came out last year, and in April, he’ll re­turn to the Strat­ford Shake­speare Fes­ti­val in south­west­ern On­tario to play Pros­pero in The Tem­pest. This, af­ter his tri­umphant role in Cae­sar and Cleopa­tra at the fes­ti­val in 2008, the same year he played the U.S. pres­i­dent in the minis­eries The Sum­mit. VAN­COU­VER — The ac­tor best known for his por­trayal of Rus­sian crew mem­ber Pavel Chekov on the orig­i­nal Star Trek tele­vi­sion se­ries made an im­pas­sioned plea Wedne sday for peo­ple crowded into Van­cou­ver for the Win­ter Olympics to keep an eye out for his miss­ing son.

Wal­ter Koenig said his son An­drew — him­self an ac­tor who played Richard “Boner” Stabone in the 1980s sit­com Grow­ing Pains — suf­fers from de­pres­sion.

He said An­drews had been off his med­i­ca­tion when he van­ished nearly two weeks ago while vis­it­ing Van­cou­ver.

“I im­plore, I be­seech, I humbly re­quest that even dur­ing this ex­traor­di­nary time, when you have the Olympics here and there’s so much go­ing on, if the pop­u­la­tion can take one more step and try to be aware that we have a son, An­drew Koenig, who is

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