February 27, 2012 by staff
Christopher Plummer, The morning after winning his first Oscar at the age of 82, Christopher Plummer received another honour: Praise from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to congratulate Christopher Plummer, and all others recognized at this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood,” Harper said in a statement released Monday.
“Receiving an Oscar is the film industry’s highest accolade. Canadians have always had a strong presence in the international film industry, and the number of Canadian nominees this year is a true testament to the quality of the talent coming from our country.”
Canadian icon Plummer became the oldest-ever Oscar winner when he was named best supporting actor for his performance as a gay man who comes out of the closet after the death of his wife in the film Beginners.
“You’re only two years older than me, darling,” he said to the 84-year-old Oscar. “Where have you been all my life?”
In his statement the PM continued: “I applaud Christopher Plummer and all of Canada’s nominees for their exceptional accomplishments and impressive work in the film industry and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours.”
Plummer accepted his award sporting his Order of Canada pin on his lapel. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968.
He was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1998.
Several politicians tweeted their congratulations to Plummer as he received his award Sunday, including interim Liberal leader Bob Rae.
“Congratulations to Christopher Plummer ! Wonderful tribute to a great Canadian actor, who was typically gracious and eloquent,” he said on Twitter.
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