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Christopher Plummer Backstage at Oscars: Charlie Chaplin Was Older

Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer says playing a gay man was nothing special. And he’s not sure he’s the oldest winner ever

The oldest Oscar winner, Best Supporting choice Christopher Plummer, questioned whether he really deserved that distinction backstage at the Academy Awards Sunday.

"I don't believe that for a second," the 82-year-old Christopher Plummer said. "I think that Charlie Chaplin — even though it was an honorary Oscar — wasn't he 83? I mean, an honorary Oscar, after all, is an Oscar."

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After a pause, he grinned.

"It feels pretty good."

Plummer, who was widely expected to win the Best Supporting Actor award, said the Oscar was "sort of a renewal. It has recharged me and I hope I can do it for another 10 years at least."

And he said playing a gay man was like playing any role.

"I think of actors as universally the same,' he said. "Gay or straight. We're all actors. And a gay actor can play a straight guy beautifully — and vice versa."

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