Christopher Plummer wins first Golden Globe at 82

It only took him 59 years, but on Sunday night Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Beginners.

The Canadian born actor has had a long and successful career, yet this is the first time he has received the golden award. He had previously been nominated for only two of his previous roles in over 180 films.

His character Hal Field, a 70-something man coming out of the closet after his wife dies, has already won him twelve awards, and he is nominated for eleven more. Not yet announced is the Academy Award nominations, which, after winning the Globe, he is in a prime position to win.

“I want to salute my partner, Ewan — that wily Scott — Ewan ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands’ McGregor,” he said. “That scene-stealing swine… also, a 21 gun salute goes to Michael Mills, whose talent and wisdom made ‘Beginners’ such an enchanting story. And of course the rest of the family, including Cosmo my favorite dog… and lastly, a lady called Elaine, my wife of 43 years, whose bravery and beauty haunts me still,” he said while accepting the award.

He later told the press about his role in the film, “Gay characters are human beings. we’re all exactly the same. That’s the reason I played it the way I did, not as a caricature. They’re a part of our society since the Egyptians, the Greeks – it’s part of the human condition. I know there is a lot of antigay sentiment in our society at the moment and I abhor it.”

For a full list of this years Golden Globe winners, click here.

Sources: Golden Globes, Huffington Post, Wikipedia