In youth-obsessed Hollywood -- quite literally no country for old men -- it was a delightful surprise to see 90-year-old Ernest Borgnine nominated for a Golden Globe for his turn as a retired song-and-dance man in the Hallmark Channel's "A Grandpa for Christmas."
"It's pretty neat," Borgnine said with palpable excitement. "A friend of mine called and said, 'Guess what? You've been nominated.' I said what for? And he said, 'The Golden Globe.' "
Borgnine's nomination for best actor in a TV movie marks his first Golden Globe nod since he won the award for best actor in a dramatic motion picture for 1955's "Marty." (That role also earned him the Oscar.)
And if Borgnine wins the award, he will be the oldest performer to ever earn a Golden Globe. By contrast, Jessica Tandy was a spry 80 when she picked up her Golden Globe for 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy."