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Plummer wins Bafta for gay role

Christopher Plummer is poised for Oscar glory as he wins another award for his role as an elderly gay man on Beginners
Christopher Plummer stars in Beginners with Ewan McGregor

Christopher Plummer has won a Bafta for his portrayal of an elderly gay man dying of cancer in Beginners.

The Canadian actor received the British movie award at last night's glitzy ceremony in London and will now have very little room on his trophy shelf after sweeping most of the other awards this season including the Golden Globe, the Critics Choice Award and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Plummer, who starred in The Sound of Music, Inside Daisy Clover, and The Insider, is now finally poised to win his first Oscar at the age of 82, which would make him the oldest Oscar winner in history.

Silent movie The Artist dominated the 65th Baftas, taking seven gongs, including best film, best director and best actor for French star Jean Dujardin.

Best actress went to Meryll Streep for her performance as former British PM Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, while The Help star Octavia Spencer won best supporting actress.

During her acceptance speech, Spencer, who plays a maid during the American civil rights movement, showed her support for LGBT activism.

'It's been said that The Help is an American movie about American problems and American history,' she said.

'I am so grateful to you for seeing past that, because surely oppression and strife knows no gender, no age, no sexual orientation and, in our case, country.'

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