Cumberbatch Picks Up UK Theater Acting Award + Quinto’s Margin Call & Plummer Nominated For Oscars

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"



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January 25, 2012 6:12 pm

Congrats to the Trek Alum!

January 25, 2012 6:27 pm

Great for him… im still skeptical on how he fits into the new movie even though I know nothing of the plot.. i dont think he is that great of an actor in his bbc series. I hope he makes his part good.

January 25, 2012 6:28 pm

very very happy for Quinto AND cumberbatch

January 25, 2012 6:34 pm

Congratz to both great actors, I hope they share some screen time together in the next Trek movie.

January 25, 2012 6:34 pm

In that pic Cumberbatch looks a little like… dare I say it? Better not. :)

January 25, 2012 6:35 pm
Commdore Mike of the Terran Empire
January 25, 2012 6:36 pm

Way to go Guy’s. Some very talented people working on Trek. Right Bob Orci.

January 25, 2012 6:46 pm

5. Say it! Say it!

January 25, 2012 6:49 pm

5 …. Voldermort?

I Wish I Was Spock
January 25, 2012 10:32 pm


I disagree with your opinion on Cumberbatch’s performance in Sherlock. I think he plays Holmes very intelligently. He brings a more modern quality to Sherlock Holmes. If you have ever read the books or seen any media portraying Holmes, what Cumberbatch does is very true to the Holmes persona. I personally love him as Holmes…and of course Martin Freeman plays an excellent Watson. Remember…this is a modern take on Conan Doyle’s stories of Sherlock Holmes.

January 25, 2012 11:14 pm

Congratulations to the three of them!!!

Christopher Plummer looks amazing. Happy. Healthy. Radiant.

January 26, 2012 12:49 pm

What happend to the sci fi movie seqments. I use to love them

January 26, 2012 3:20 pm

Margin Call was an excellent film. How impressive that ZQ made such a good call (snagging the project), managed to round up such a remarkable cast, and pulled it off with such relatively little capital. One would have to hope it bodes well for a long and rewarding career–assuming he continues to be as deserving of success as he seems to be today.

January 26, 2012 3:36 pm

Congratulations to the Star Trek family of actors.

January 26, 2012 5:56 pm

Nice. Way to go ZQ!

January 26, 2012 10:20 pm

Does anyone know if BC is actually in Canada? And if so, where?

January 27, 2012 2:19 am

16. Yep. Next to Alberta.

Keachick - rose pinenut
January 27, 2012 4:00 am

#17 Good to see that you are up on your geography, Jack…:)

January 28, 2012 12:30 am

Cumberbatch is a fine actor and star trek should is so lucky to have him a few more years down the line i bet they would not be able to afford him so as yo can guess no 2 i disagree with you and no it not becouse i am english