03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hal Holbrook: Oscar Nominee Back In The Spotlight

If there were ever a time for Hal Holbrook to be whistlin' Dixie, it is now.

The veteran actor, who turns 83 this month, is enjoying his first Oscar nomination. Though he knows "the smart money" may be on his competition, there is a little space to the left of the fireplace mantel in his study where the award would sit just fine.

If another's name is called, there is, however, a backup. Holbrook received a letter from the parents of Christopher McCandless, the real-life young man who was immortalized by Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild. Framed, that letter might fill the void of an Academy Award.

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