If there’s one aspect of being gay that’s been almost completely and totally ignored, it’s being older and gay, especially those who only started living openly in their twilight years. However one movie has spilled a little light in that direction, Beginners, and it’s starting to pick up a bit of a head of steam in the early awards ceremonies.
A couple of days ago it won Best Film (shared with Tree Of Life) and Best Ensemble at the Gotham Independent Awards, and now the National Board Of Review has handed veteran actor Christopher Plummer Best Supporting Actor for Beginners. In the film he plays an man who only comes out as gay after the death of his wife, around the same time he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Plummer’s powerful and moving performance is now emerging as a frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, although there is a long way to go before that gong is handed out.
Beginners was also included in the National Board Of Review’s list of the Top 10 Independent films.