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Christopher Plummer nominated for Oscar

Christopher Plummer's role as gay man nominated for Oscar but shame for Michael Fassbender
Christopher Plummer has been nominated for an Oscar for his role in Beginners, also starring Ewan McGregor

Christopher Plummer has received another award nomination for his role as an elderly gay man in Beginners, but this time it's for Hollywood's most coveted statuette, the Oscar.

The Canadian actor is up for a gong in the best supporting actor category and is up against Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte and Max von Sydow.

Plummer won a Golden Globe for his performance earlier this month and is also nominated for a BAFTA.

Other notable stars to be nominated for an Academy Award are Meryl Streep for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and Gary Oldman for spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

However, movie buffs and critics have been busy tweeting their disappointment at not seeing Michael Fassbender included on the list of nominees for this year's accolades.

Fassbender won acclaim with his performance as a sex addict in Shame.

Some Twitter followers have suggested the movie, which features full frontal nudity and even a gay sex scene with the X-Men: First Class star, has been deliberately snubbed by the academy.

Paula, @dqdub, tweeted: 'Why has Michael Fassbender not been nominated? I demand an explanation for this travesty.'

While Stephen Fletcher, @Stephen_Fletch, simpley posted: 'Furious at lack of Michael Fassbender.'

The Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on 26 February.

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