Canadian ACTRA Awards Name Christopher Plummer Best Actor

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The ACTRA Toronto honor for "Barrymore" comes as the veteran Canadian actor is the front-runner to win the best supporting actor competition at the Academy Awards for "Beginners."

TORONTO - Here’s a good omen for Christopher Plummer heading into the Academy Awards.

The veteran Canadian stage and screen star on Saturday night was named best actor by ACTRA Toronto, a branch of the Canadian performers union, for his star-turn in the Canadian indie movie Barrymore.

Fourteen years after Plummer first performed his quasi-one man show about an aging, booze-addled John Barrymore trying to restart his stage career, Canadian director Erik Canuel shot a film adaptation of the Barrymore stage play that bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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The ACTRA trophy came as Plummer took the best supporting male award at the Indie Spirit Awards for his portrayal of a gay widower in Beginners.

That’s the same role with which Plummer will challenge Sunday night at the Oscars, where he’s the odds-on favorite to win the best supporting actor category against competition from Max von Sydow, Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill and Nick Nolte.

Also Saturday night in Toronto at the ACTRA Awards, Amy Price-Francis won the best actress trophy for her star-turn in King, the Canadian crime drama, while Billy MacLellan won the best voice performance for his work on the CBC radio drama Afghanada.

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