Despite being on the shortlist for Best Supporting Actor seemingly all throughout awards season, some were still shocked that Max von Sydow earned a nomination in the category last month. Now, the actor could be poised to pull one of the biggest upsets of Oscar night — at least if you believe the rousing ovation the screen veteran received at the Academy Awards luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday afternoon.
“[V]on Sydow was the clear winner, drawing the afternoon’s only standing ovation when he came to the stage very late in the lengthy, alphabetical roll call of 150 nominees,” wrote TheWrap’s Oscar guru Steve Pond. Before you start checking off the “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” star on your Oscar ballot, note that Christopher Plummer — the presumed Best Supporting Actor frontrunner — was absent from the nominee luncheon, and thus did not enjoy a massive standing ovation.
Still! Good day for Mr. Von Sydow. Why don’t you celebrate by trying to find him in the Oscar nominees class photo, which you can see below? Here’s a hint: he’s in there! Good luck.
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