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Academy Award® Nominated: The Last Station

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The Countess Sofya, wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy, uses every trick of seduction on her husband’s loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.

The film explores the final year of the Russian writer’s life with Christopher Plummer in the lead role and Helen Mirren portraying his wife, Sofya. Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy, and Anne-Marie Duff co-star in the Warner Bros. production, directed by Michael Hoffman from the novel by Jay Parini.

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The cast includes: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff, Kerry Condon, and Patrick Kennedy

Reviews

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“If you are familiar with the name,Count Leo (Lev)Tolstoy,but have never read ‘War & Peace’,or any of his other novels,fret not. It’s not necessary to enjoy ‘The Last Station’. A young man,Valentin Bulgakov (played by James McAvoy)is hired by Vladimir Chertkov (played by Paul Giametti,adding a touch of class to his already impressive backlog of film work),who oversees the written work of Count Tolstoy,to spy on him at his commune/ashram in the Russian country side,in the guise of Tolstoy’s personal secretary. Bulgakov arrives to find a homestead overseen by the Tolstoy’s,Leo (played to perfection by veteran,Christopher Plummer,who has come a long way since ‘The Sound Of Music’),and his wife,Sofya (Helen Mirren-always welcome on screen). During his stay at the Tolstoy residence,Valentin finds out that things are not what he perceives (Tolstoy doesn’t exactly practice what he preaches in real life). He manages to take a tumble to Tolstoy’s youngest daughter,Sasha (played by Anne Marie Duff). All of the dirty laundry & family drama comes out to make this a tart,funny,entertaining film with winning performances by all. Michael Hoffman writes & directs the screenplay,from the novel by Jay Parini,in a film that will hopefully garnish attention beyond the art house screen.”


Did You Know?

Marks the first joint venture of real-life spouses James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff on a feature film.

Helen Mirren and Anne-Marie Duff, who play mother and daughter in the film, have both portrayed Queen Elizabeth I (Mirren in “Elizabeth I” (2005) and Duff in “The Virgin Queen” (2005)).

Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer replaced Meryl Streep and Anthony Hopkins, who were originally scheduled to play the roles of Sofya and Leo Tolstoy.

Two Nominations

Best Actress~Helen Mirren
Best Supporting Actor~Christopher Plummer

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Nominated for Best Supporting Actor ~ Christopher Plummer ~The Last Station

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Christopher PlummerChristopher Plummer has enjoyed 50 years as one of the most distinguished actors in English-language theatre and cinema. A Canadian from Montreal, Plummer made his professional debut on stage and radio in both French and English, and ever has since appeared in well over 100 motion pictures.

Since his New York debut (1954) he has starred in many prestigious Broadway productions, including his Tony winning performances in Cyrano (1973) and Barrymore (1997), and more recently as King Lear at Lincoln Center (2004). In 2007, Plummer starred in the successful Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind (2007), which earned him his seventh Tony nomination.

He has been a leading actor at Great Britain’s National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier, the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, and in its formative years, the Stratford Festival of Canada under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and his mentor Michael Langham. During his career in the theatre he has portrayed most of the great roles in the classic repertoire.

Christopher Plummer in The Last Station

Christopher Plummer in The Last Station

Since Sidney Lumet introduced him to the screen in Stage Struck in 1957, Christopher Plummer has appeared in a host of films ranging from the Oscar-winning The Sound of Music, John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King, to The Silent Partner, Murder by Decree, The Battle of Britain, Fall of the Roman Empire, Inside Daisy Clover, Eye Witness, Star Trek VI, Malcolm X, The Pink Panther, Wolf, Delores Claiborne, Twelve Monkeys, Oedipus the King, The Insider, A Beautiful Mind, Ararat, Syriana, Inside Man and the award-winning Man in the Chair. Prior to The Last Station he played the title role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which is set to be released worldwide in 2009.

Among his many honours, he has received Great Britain’s Evening Standard Best Actor Award plus one nomination; two Emmy Awards plus six nominations; a Genie Award for Murder by Decree, and Genie nominations for The Amateur, Impolite, and Blizzard. In 1968, sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth II, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the equivalent of an Honorary Knighthood. He has also received the Governor General’s Life Achievement Award, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at New York’s Juilliard School and Honorary doctorates from five major Canadian universities. Plummer was elected into the Theatre’s Hall of Fame (1986) and Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999).

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Nominated for Best Actress ~ Helen Mirren ~The Last Station

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Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren is one of the best-known and most respected actresses with an international career that spans stage, screen and television, she has become renowned for tackling challenging roles and has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances. This was never more so the case than with her recent role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, for which she won an Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe together with numerous other awards from all over the world.

In the same year she filmed The Queen, Mirren won recognition for two other performances. For HBO, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth I in the miniseries Elizabeth I, winning an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award. Mirren also reprised her old role as Detective Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect: The Final Act, the last installment in the PBS series. The performance earned her an Emmy and also a Golden Globe nomination – but she lost to herself, for her role as Elizabeth 1.

Mirren’s film career began in the late 1960s with Michael Powell’s Age of Consent playing opposite James Mason. Her breakthrough role though was in John Mackenzie’s iconic film The Long Good Friday. After this Mirren starred in numerous acclaimed films including John Boorman’s fantasy adventure Excalibur and Neil Jordan’s Irish thriller Cal which earned her the Best Actress Award at the Cannes film festival in 1984. She continued to push boundaries in films that include Peter Weir’s The Mosquito Coast, Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover, Charles Sturridge’s Where Angels Fear to Tread and Terry George’s Some Mother’s Son, which she also co-produced. Her more recent films include Calendar Girls, Shadowboxer, Inkheart and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

Helen Mirren in The Last Station

Helen Mirren in The Last Station

Prior to The Queen, Mirren also played a monarch in Nicholas Hytner’s feature film The Madness of King George, a role for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and won the Best Actress Award at Cannes film festival in 1995. She earned her second Academy Award nomination for her performance in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park and a Golden Globe nomination for Nigel Cole’s Calendar Girls.

This year she has appeared in Universal’s State of Play. She has also finished work on Love Ranch directed by her husband Taylor Hackford, working together for the first time since White Knights, Julie Taymor’s film version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and The Debt directed by John Madden.

Helen Mirren became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2003.

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