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Christopher Plummer: Patrick Doyon

Howard Shore Dept: This year the consulate extended invitations to 18 nominees, ranging from Hollywood insider Howard Shore to NFB animator Patrick Doyon. Consul General David Fransen hosted the reception Thursday in the garden of the Los Angeles consulate. Canadian composer Howard Shore, shown at the 2012 Golden Globes, is nominated for an Academy Award for best score for Hugo. Associated Press, according to CBC. The sole Canadian performer in the running is Christopher Plummer, the veteran of stage and screen who has his second Oscar nomination for best supporting actor with Beginners. In the offbeat comedy, Plummer plays a widower who comes out to his son after the death of his wife and it s an annual Oscar custom than Canadians nominated for the awards gather at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles for a lunch to honour their achievement. The big Canadian hope for Sunday s Academy Awards is Monsieur Lazhar , the charming story of an Algerian immigrant who steps in to teach a middle-school class struggling with the death of a beloved teacher. The nominee for best foreign-language film was directed by Quebec's Philippe Falardeau, who shares the nomination with producers Luc Dery and Kim McCraw. It s not Dery s first brush with the Oscars he also produced Incendies , which was nominated for best foreign language film last year. ( As reported in the news.