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Ryan Reynolds, Simu Liu honored at 2023 Canadian Screen Awards

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Ryan Reynolds, Simu Liu and Catherine O’Hara are among the recipients of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s 2023 Special Awards.

The awards recognize those whose contributions have positively impacted the industry, society and media. In total, the Academy named nine recipients ahead of Canadian Screen Awards week, which this year takes place April 11-16 in Toronto.

Among the recipients were “Sheets Creek” star and former “SCTV” actor Catherine O’Hara, who won the Academy Icon Award, and Ryan Reynolds, who received the Humanitarian Award. According to the Academy, the first recognizes a Canadian individual or organization “for their exceptional, ongoing contribution to the media industry at home or abroad”, while the second “recognizes outstanding humanitarian contributions or exemplary behavior by a professional working in the Canadian media industry during the previous year.”

“Receiving this honor is incredibly meaningful and deeply moving,” Reynolds said in a statement. “Especially given the fact that it’s based on many of the values ​​I inherited from my home country of Canada. I am grateful to the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for inducting me into this prestigious honor, and I am excited to accept the award in person this April.”

This year’s Radius Award, which recognizes a Canadian whose work is making waves worldwide, was awarded to MCU star Simu Liu, who starred on the CBC comedy “Kim’s Convenience” for five seasons.

“I am grateful to the Canadian Academy for this extraordinary honor and commitment to moving toward a more diverse and equitable screen,” said Liu.

Lisa LaFlamme, the former CTV National News anchor whose controversial summer 2022 ouster prompted an internal Bell Media investigation (which led to the replacement of CTV News chief Michael Melling), also received recognition for the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.

Other winners included “CityLine” host Tracy Moore, who was awarded the Changemaker Award for her commitment to diversity and inclusion; Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi actor, writer, director and producer Jennifer Podemsky, who received the Academy Board of Directors Tribute; actor Peter McNeil, who received the Earle Gray Award; and journalist Pierre Bruno, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Paul Pope, a veteran film and TV producer who died last summer in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at age 63, rounded out the list of winners. He was given a posthumous Academy Board of Directors tribute for advocating for the arts in Newfoundland and for his role in bringing productions such as “Hudson and Rex”, “Rare Birds” and “Extraordinary Visitors” to the province.

Lisa Porter, the producer’s wife, said in a statement, “I am grateful to accept this award on behalf of my late husband, Paul Pope. “Paul would have been very happy. He would fly in for dinner and be the life of the party, as always. He would also lobby, work, make a plan, cut a deal, make you laugh and be your next crush. This honor shows that he was respected and loved by many.”

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