Yesterday brought good awards news for two actors working on the Star Trek sequel. First up Benedict Cumberbatch won an acting award for his work on the UK stage in the play Frankenstein. Plus Zachary Quinto’s first film as a producer picked up an Oscar nomination for writing. Star Trek VI’s Christopher Plummer also picked up an Oscar nomination. More details below, plus TrekMovie puts to rest a report coming out of the UK award show that Star Trek is filming in Canada.
Benedict Cumberbatch picks up Theater Award – but not filming Trek in Canada
Yesterday Star Trek’s latest bad guy Benedict Cumberbatch picked up the Best Actor honor at the UK’s Critic’s Circle Awards for the best in British Theatre. Cumberbatch was being awarded for his work in the play Frankenstein (where he traded off with actor Johnny Lee Miller playing Dr. Frankenstein one night and the creature the next). Cumberbatch was not in London to pick up his award so Frankenstein director Danny Boyle accepted it for him.
By the way, at the awards show Boyle said that Cumberbatch was not available because he was filming for Star Trek "in Canada." A few folks have emailed and tweeted in queries about this. TrekMovie has confirmed that this isn’t true. Yes Cumberbatch is playing the villain, however the Star Trek film is not doing any shooting in Canada. It is possible that Cumberbatch is in Canada for another reason.
Benedict Cumberbatch in "Frankenstein" at the National Theater in the UK in 2011
Quinto’s Margin Call + Plummer pick up Oscar nominations
In other award news from yesterday, Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto picked up some good news with the announcement of the Academy Awards nominations. Last year Quinto’s production company released Margin Call, their first film. Quinto was one of the producers of the film and also was part of the ensemble cast. And yesterday J.C. Chandor, the writer/director for Margin Call was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. So congrats to Quinto and J.C. and the team at Before the Door.
Zachary Quinto and writer/director JC Chandor on the set of "Margin Call"
Another Trek alum who picked up an Oscar nomination was Christopher Plummer, known to fans as General Chang from 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Plummer was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. The actor should be a favorite as he already won the Golden Globe earlier this month. This is Plummer’s second Oscar nomination.
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"