Christopher Plummer doesn’t expect to win Oscar for
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