Acting veteran Christopher Plummer has become the oldest screen star ever to be nominated for an Oscar at 88.
The Sound of Music icon earned his third Academy Award nod, for Best Supporting Actor, on Tuesday (23Jan18) for his role in Getty biopic All the Money in the World.
He was a last minute replacement for the disgraced Kevin Spacey, who was cut from the finished movie by director Ridley Scott just weeks before its Christmas (Dec17) release after facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
The previous title holder was Titanic’s Gloria Stuart, who was 87 in 1998, when she was recognized by Academy voters with a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Plummer, who was first shortlisted for an Oscar for 2010’s The Last Station, will be hoping to make more history at the Hollywood prizegiving on 4 March (18) – a win would make him the oldest Academy Award winner, breaking the record he set in 2012, when he struck gold for Beginners at the age of 82.
Meanwhile, Plummer is in good company in the supporting acting categories – all contenders are over the age of 40, something Laurie Metcalf, who has snagged her first Oscar nomination for Lady Bird, is delighted by.
“That’s terrific,” the Best Supporting Actress nominee remarked to Good Morning America. “There were some really strong, powerful supporting actor roles this year.”
Metcalf is also thrilled for the four other Oscars the family drama, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, has garnered: “I got really emotional (after learning of the five Oscar nods) because everybody just poured their whole heart and soul into this film, and I’m so happy for Greta and Saoirse (Ronan, co-star) and the whole movie.”
Lady Bird is up for Best Picture, Best Leading Actress for Ronan, and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Gerwig.