Ryan Reynolds has been honoured with the American Cinematheque Award – which is kind of a big deal!
A huge deal, in fact. According to the nonprofit cultural organisation, the award is given to “an extraordinary artist currently making a significant contribution to the art of the Moving Picture.”
And I think we can all agree, Ryan is beyond extraordinary.
The Hollywood star who is currently starring in Spirited on Apple TV+, began his career as a teenager in 1991 and has brought laughs, action and sometimes even tears (looking at you The Adam Project) to the world ever since.
His movies, including the Deadpool franchise, Free Guy and Red Notice, have amassed more than $5 billion at the global box office (as per THR), he’s a Golden Globe and Grammy nominee and let’s not forget all he does behind-the-scenes too through the Group Effort Initiative, a program he co-founded with wife, actor and director Blake Lively to create a pipeline for diverse, underrepresented talent to work in the industry.
“Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love an evening devoted entirely to me,” he joked, accepting the honour on stage (as captured by THR) before describing how everything he does is for his daughters, and Blake:
“I get to spend my days working with my favourite collaborator of all, my wife Blake. You are the greatest ghostwriter in Hollywood history, you have literally authored me into this moment.”
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Ryan attended the event with his mum Tammy Reynolds, good friend and director Shawn Levy and Spirited co-stars Octavia Spencer and Will Ferrell. During the ceremony, Blake also appeared on stage, delivering a heart-melting speech celebrating Ryan’s “heart, his philanthropy, his humour, his integrity and his unmatched work ethic.”
Oh, and his Canadian-ness:
“So many of those stunning qualities comes from his homeland, Canada. And giving back to the country that gave him his life is critical to who he is as a person. It was essential to keeping him grounded, to keeping him sane, to keeping him, him,” Blake said.
“And now I am his home and our girls are his home… Whether it’s from across the globe or a meeting across the street, he is hardwired to get home. If he came home from set not in his wardrobe, we would be very concerned. Soaked in mud, fake blood, real blood, prosthetic scar, superhero suits, tap shoes or clown makeup, daddy always comes home.”
Ryan is the 36th recipient of the prestigious award. Previous winners include Robin Williams, Steve Martin, George Clooney, Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon.
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