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Christopher Plummer appears in a still from the 2011 film, Beginners. - Provided courtesy of Focus Features

Golden Globe Awards: Christopher Plummer wins Best Supporting Film Actor for 'Beginners'

01/15/2012 by Olivia Allin

Christopher Plummer has won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his role in the film "Beginners," marking the first win and third nomination for the star.

Plummer beat Kenneth Branagh of "My Week With Marilyn," Albert Brooks of "Drive," Jonah Hill of "Moneyball" and Viggo Mortensen of "A Dangerous Method." The winners of the 2012 Golden Globes were named at a Los Angeles ceremony on Sunday, January 15.

"Beginners" is based on director and screenwriter Mike Mills' ("Thumbsucker") late father, who came out as a gay man at age 75.

In his acceptance speech, Plummer paid tribute to his wife of 43 years, Elaine, saying her "bravery and beauty haunts me still."

Ewan McGregor stars as Oliver, who helps his father Hal, played by Plummer, with his newfound freedom and must deal with the fact that his father has terminal cancer. When Hal passes away, Oliver takes in his beloved dog and falls in love with a beautiful woman, portrayed by Melanie Laurent.

When they were preparing for the film, Mike Mills sent Plummer and McGregor to Barneys to buy a scarf as part of a father-son bonding exercise.

"Mike said, okay, I want you to go to Barneys and here's $200, I want you to buy Christopher a scarf and Christopher, now you're gay and you want to look fabulous in your scarf," McGregor said in an interview provided by Focus Features. "He was sort of dismissive, thinking 'What is this, going to Barneys to buy a scarf,' but then he went 'What are those?' and he looked at my jeans and I said 'They're just black jeans, Christopher' and he said 'They're very tight' and I said, 'Well, they're skinny jeans, you would call them skinny jeans.' So when we went to Barneys, he had his mind set on skinny jeans."

"Beginners" was nominated for one Golden Globe Award, for Plummer's performance. Plummer was previously nominated for his performance in the 2010 film, "The Last Station" and for his role in the 2000 TV movie "American Tragedy."

Plummer also earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Russian novelist Tolstoy in "The Last Station."

The 82-year-old actor's career spans 64 years and he has appeared in roughly 103 films. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music," Dr. Rosen in "A Beautiful Mind" and Doctor Parnassus in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

Plummer most recently portrayed Henrik Vanger in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," a U.S. film adaptation of the books by Stieg Larsson which hit theaters.

Watch the trailer for "Beginners" below.

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