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Christopher Plummer

Vintage performers who could shake up the Oscar acting races include Michael Caine, Charlotte Rampling

No matter what creative direction the world's prestige filmmakers seem to be headed, every awards season seems to highlight a handful of legendary actors hoping for one last shot at Oscar glory. It goes without saying that with only four statues to hand out, the results are often littered with disappointment. Peter O'Toole's failing to take home a statue on his eighth try in 2007 for "Venus" and June Squibb's lack of a win for "Nebraska" in 2014 are classic examples that show no matter what your age, the nomination is often the win.

Despite tough odds, every so often the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will indeed give the ultimate recognition to...