Christopher Plummer Awards and Honors - An Impressive List
There have been many Christopher Plummer awards and honors received in Canada, America, Great Britain and Austria. Here is the most comprehensive list that you will find of all the awards that he has won during his long and successful career as an actor:
Oscar (2012) The oldest actor to ever win an Oscar, Christopher Plummer won his award for Best Supporting Actor in the film 'Beginners'.
Palm Beach International Film Festival (2007) Plummer won this award for Best Actor for his role as Michael Schroeder in Man in the Chair.
Sir John Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts, aka The Golden Quill (2006) Here is Christopher Plummer during the awards ceremony, right.
Three New York Drama Desk Awards These awards are for actors’ stage performances wherever they are presented, not only Broadway productions, but Off-Broadway as well.
LePrix Marc L’Escarbot Presented to Plummer for his performance in French as Moliere.
The Theatre World Award This award is presented to six actors and six actresses for their debut performances on the stage. The first awards were a framed certificate, then a plaque and then the bronze Janus Award that can be seen here. Christopher Plummer won this award for his performance in ‘The Dark is Light Enough” by Christopher Fry.
Shakespeare Society Medal/Shakespeare with Music (2004) Christopher Plummer performed Shakespeare with Music with composer Michael Lankester for the Shakespeare Company. It was his way of saying thank you to the Society. He read excerpts from various Shakespeare plays accompanied by music. Plummer said “You just have to speak over the orchestra,” which consisted of seven musicians conducted by Lankester himself. During the evening the award was presented to Plummer in recognition of his contribution to the world of Shakespeare.
Christopher Plummer Fellowship Awards (2002)
Robards Award (Roundabout Theater NYC) (2002) Plummer was awarded the first Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theater. Robards died of cancer in December 2000. Plummer was the first performer to be presented with the Jason Robards’ Award for Excellence in memory of his late great friend.He was a close friend to Robards, and his co-star in Roundabout’s ‘No Man’s Land’ (1994). The prize was given to him by the Roundabout Theatre. Julie Andrews who played Maria alongside Plummer in The Sound of Music, was there to congratulate him on the honor.
Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2001) Christopher Plummer received this award for a lifetime of achievements and for his contributions to his country and to the world. In addressing Plummer, the Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson, referred to his ‘versatility, elegance and powerful male beauty.’ Plummer can be seen here wearing his commemorative medal,accompanied by his wife, Elaine.
Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999) This award recognised Christopher Plummer as a Canadian citizen who has excelled in the area of performing arts. He had his star added to the rest of the collection that appear along a sidewalk in Toronto’s Theatre District. Plummer’s star can be found on the corner of King Street West and Duncan Street.
The Canadian Walk of Fame has been described as one of the most prestigious awards in Canada. Plummer was eligible for this award because he was born in Canada, had spent his formative and creative years in Canada and had a minimum of ten years in his profession.
Kennedy Center Honors (1999) Christopher Plummer hosted this event by honouring Victor Borge.
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (1999)for 'The Insider'.
Boston Society of Film Critics Award (1999) for 'The Insider'.
Chicago Jefferson Award (1999) for 'The Insider'.
The National Arts Club of America (1999) Plummer was awarded its gold medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
The Common Wealth Award (1998) Otherwise known as The Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service which were created by Ralph Hayes to reward the best of human performance worldwide, and to provide an incentive for people to make even more contributions to the world.
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (1997) as leading role in 'Barrymore'. The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre are more commonly known as the Tony Awards and recognize achievement in live American theater. They are considered to be America’s highest honor in the theater (see photo right).
Outer Critics Circle Awards (1997) Plummer was given this award for his outstanding performance as an actor.
Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award (1997)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance(1994) for his work on the Family Channel's Madeline children's series.
Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award (1994) This award was created to honor living artists.
Shakespeare Theater at the Folger, Will Award (1990) Plummer was presented with this award for his "major contribution to classical theater in America".
Austria’s Golden Badge of Honor.
Salzburg’s Chalice of Honour
New York Public Library - Literary Lion (1988) Plummer was described as ‘a lion of the performing arts’.
American Theatre’s Hall of Fame (1986) Christopher Plummer was unable to receive this award, so his daughter, Amanda Plummer (right), accepted it for him.
Maple Leaf Distinguished Artist Award (1982) Christopher Plummer accepted the first annual Maple Leaf Distinguished Artist Award and said “I’m proud to be the first damned gypsy to have stolen this award. He went on to say that Canadian actors once had to go to London or to New York to be recognized. He thought it was terrific for Canadians to recognize their own people.
Genie Award for Best Actor in a leading role (1980) Originally known as The Canadian Film Awards, also known as the Etrog Awards, because it was sculptor Sorel Etrog who designed the award. Plummer was given this award for being the best actor in Canadian cinema. It was presented to him by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for his performance in Murder by Decree.
Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (1976) for Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'.
Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical (1974) for his lead role in 'Cyrano'.
The Distinguished Performance Award (1974) This award was originally known as the Delia Austrian Medal and is the oldest and most exclusive theatrical honor in North America.
Companion of the Order of Canada (1968) This is the country's highest civilian honor and one which required the approval of the sovereign for Plummer’s services to drama. Christopher Plummer was invested with this Order by Governor-General Roland Michener in Quebec City. Those who are made companions of the order are given a six-leaf pendant attached to a red and white ribbon. On the medal is engraved the motto, Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam (Hebrews 12: 16) which means ‘They desired a better country’.
London Evening Standard Award as Best Actor (1961) King Henry II in the stage play 'Becket'.
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at New York’s Juilliard School (1993)
Honorary doctorates from University of Toronto (2003)
Honorary doctorates from Ryerson University (2002) Ryerson awards its ‘highest honor to those who have made extraordinary contributions in Canada………or to the enhancement of Canadian culture or society.’ Plummer was made a Doctor of Letters.
Honorary doctorates from McGill University (2006) When Christopher Plummer received his doctorate, he told the five hundred students that his family had links with McGill University. His great aunt Maude Abbott was one of the earliest women to graduate from McGill. He then went on to explain that his connection with the university was that he flunked his exam!
Honorary doctorates from University of Western Ontario (2004) Plummer received an honorary doctorate of laws degree and gained a new title of ‘doctor.’ He said that he had never been to college because he didn’t have the time and has regretted this all his life. It wasn’t the university degree that he missed , but the whole experience of going to college.
Honorary doctorates from University of Ottawa (2007) At the ceremony, Christopher Plummer urged graduates in his speech to ‘throw all caution to the wind, storm the Bastille – but for God’s sake, wait for me – because I’m coming with you.’
Honorary doctorates from University of Guelph (2009) Please take the time to listen to the dynamic and entertaining Christopher Plummer, giving a very inspiring address to the graduates at the University of Guelph.