Spirits 2012: Christopher Plummer wins for Supporting Male, still can't escape 'The Sound of Music'

Sun reporter

Christopher Plummer, the heavy favorite to win Sunday’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar, got this weekend off to a welcome start by winning the Spirit for his performance in “Beginners.”

Plummer, a long way of plenty of years removed from his stint as Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” wasted no time getting in the spirit of the Spirits.

“It’s taken me the longest time to realize that the Spirit Awards have nothing to do with booze,” Plummer said in accepting his award. “A pity that.”

Backstage, Plummer’s first question from the press – of course, had to do with “The Sound of Music.” Would his spirit help introduce him and that earlier film to a new generation? he was asked.

Clearly, Plummer thought such an introduction was unnecessary.

“Every new generation has to go through ‘The Sound of Music,’ it seems, to be civilized,” he said to chuckles from the assembled press. “I don’t know why.”

Plummer also said he was enjoying his run to the Oscars – to a point.

“It’s fun,” he said. “I’m not crazy about the red carpet, though.”

Still, Plummer, who has acquired a reputation for being something of a curmudgeon, didn’t sound all that upset.

“I’m having a good time,” he assured. “Thank you very much.”

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