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Now that the 2018 Oscar nominations have finally been revealed, it's time for moviegoers everywhere to start placing bets on who will come up with the shiny trophies. One notable inclusion among the pack is Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey in last-minute reshoots on Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World following a series of sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. The turn of events has proven incredibly fortuitous for Plummer, and bizarrely enough, if he manages to win this year he will break his own record to become the oldest Oscar winner of all time in an acting category.
As of right now, Christopher Plummer already has the record for the oldest Oscar-winning actor of all time, having previously set the record in 2012 with his win for Beginners, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at 82. He is also the oldest Oscar-nominated actor once again, winning the former title back from Emmanuelle Riva and her 2013 nomination for Amour at the age of 85. However, if Plummer manages to go all the way this year, he will double down on his own record and re-set the title of oldest Oscar winner ever at 88 years old.
All in all, this is a relatively quick turn of events for Christopher Plummer when we consider the fact that he likely wasn't even on anyone's radar at the beginning of the fall Oscar movie season. The trailers for All the Money in the World initially sold the movie as a vehicle to take Kevin Spacey to the Oscars in 2018, but allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey led to director Ridley Scott deciding to work fast and replace him with Plummer, who was reportedly the original choice to portray J. Paul Getty, anyway. Now, with Plummer firmly in place, it looks like we could have a record-breaking year on our hands.
Of course, even with his vast talent and iconography as an actor at his back, Christopher Plummer still has a long hill to climb if he wants to break his record. The Best Supporting Actor category is stacked this year, with Willem Dafoe representing The Florida Project, Richard Jenkins in the running for The Shape of Water, and Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell (the Golden Globes winner earlier this season) in the running for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Plummer has a chance, but we will have to wait and see where the chips fall when all is said and done.
With all of that in mind, make sure to stay tuned for more of CinemaBlend's coverage of the 2018 Oscar hopefuls. The Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 4th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. As for the films set to debut in 2018, you can also hop over to our movie premiere guide and see what exciting and potentially Oscar-worthy movies this year has in store for audiences.