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CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER/ Hal- “BEGINNERS” (Focus Features)

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER: I just can’t tell you what fun I have had being a member of the world’s second oldest profession. [laughter] I mean, actors are gregarious and wacky – are they not - and I love them dearly. But when they honor you, it’s like being lit by the Holy Grail. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Of course, my admiration and respect goes out to my fellow nominees. I’m so flattered to be on the same bill. And I want to thank my screen partner, Ewan McGregor, who makes acting look so impossibly easy! [applause]

And Michael Mills who wrote such a warm and human story, and the rest of the [chuckles] Goran Visnjic and the dog called Cosmo, and the two girls who produced the movie: Leslie Erdang and Miranda de Pencier]. And my little band of agents provocateurs: Lou and Berta Pitt, Carter Cohen, Pippa Markham and Perry Zimel, who have managed to successfully keep me off the streets. And to focus for being so extraordinarily loyal and supportive and generous, my daughter Amanda, another wacky actor—[laughter]—of whom I am so proud. And lastly, my long-suffering wife Elaine who 43 years ago came to my rescue and saved my life. Thank you. [applause] Thank you.