Christopher Plummer Insists He Isn’t The Oldest Actor to Win an Oscar

Last night, Christopher Plummer won his first Oscar at the age of 82. By most accounts, Plummer became the oldest person to ever win an Academy Award. But “The Beginners” actor isn’t buying it.

Plummer insists that he isn’t the oldest person to win an Oscar. That honor, according to Plummer, goes to Charlie Chaplin.

Plummer said:

“I don’t believe that for a second. I think that Charlie Chaplin — even though it was an honorary Oscar — wasn’t he 83? I mean, an honorary Oscar, after all, is an Oscar.”

Plummer does, however, acknowledge that he is one of the oldest actors to receive the award. During his acceptance speech Plummer said:

“You’re only two years older than me, darling (referring to the statue). Where have you been all my life? I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Oscar speech. Lucky for you I have long since forgotten it.”

The NY Daily News reports that Plummer has had a successful acting career for decades. He played Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and Sherlock Holmes in “Murder By Decree.” Plummer earned his first nomination last year for his work in “The Last Station.”

(You can see Charlie Chaplin’s acceptance speech here.)