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No. 504, February 26, 2012

Sherlock Gets The Award

With all the talk of a British actor with Holmes on his resume getting a BAFTA award, tonight had its own little bit of joy for the Sherlockian: Christopher Plummer took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Now Christopher Plummer may not make the short list of favorite movie Sherlocks . . . he's a little too good looking for how we used to traditionally like our favorite detective. Benedict Cumberbatch may be changing that. But Plummer is one of the very few Sherlocks who appeared both on television and on the movie screen as Holmes (in "Silver Blaze" and "Murder By Decree"). He was also Sherlock during the 1970s, a key decade in Holmes fandom, and a truly great Sherlock of that great era.

And if Plummer's nod wasn't enough, the very last "thank you"s of the night, after "The Artist" picked up its Best Picture win were, "Billy Wilder. Billy Wilder. Billy Wilder." Since I personally consider Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" to be the best Sherlock Holmes movie ever made, that was a special little tribute as well.

Your humble correspondent,
Brad Keefauver

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January 1, 2012
A League (Out)
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January 8, 2012
Why I Hate PBS

January 15, 2012
'Tis Done

January 22, 2012
The Sherlock Bomb

January 29, 2012
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February 5, 2012
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February 12, 2012
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February 19, 2012
The Half Billion Dollar Man

February 26, 2012
Sherlock Gets The Award