CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, JACOB TREMBLAY AND LYRIQ BENT TOP LINE PRESENTERS FOR THE ACADEMY’S CSAs
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TORONTO | MONTREAL, February 17, 2016 – The first group of celebrity presenters for the Academy’s CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. This year’s gala will be hosted by comedian Norm Macdonald at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and broadcast LIVE on CBC-TV at 8pm (9 AT | 9:30 NT) Sunday, March 13, 2016.
The first group of presenters for this year’s gala broadcast represent some of Canada’s best and brightest film and television talent, including (in alpha order): Waris Ahluwalia (Beeba Boys, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes, Shoot the Messenger), Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope, Room), Kristin Lehman (Motive, The Sentinel), Christopher Plummer (Remember, Beginners), director Helen Shaver (Vikings, Orphan Black) and Jacob Tremblay (Room, The Smurfs 2). Additional Presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fans can engage with the Canadian Screen Awards leading up to and throughout the gala on Fanzone.Academy.ca and by following @Academy_NET on Twitter and Instagram using #CdnScreen16, as well as on Facebook by liking the Canadian Screen Awards.
For a full list of Canadian Screen Awards nominees and news updates, visit academy.ca.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Zev Guttman) has enjoyed almost 60 years as one of the theatre’s most respected actors and is a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. Raised in Montreal, he began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut in 1954 he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London’s West End, winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. He has won two Tony Awards, for the musical CYRANO (1974) and for BARRYMORE (1997), and has earned seven Tony nominations, his latest for his KING LEAR (2004) and for playing Henry Drummond in INHERIT THE WIND (2007); he has also received three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club Medal. A former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, where he won London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in BECKET (1961), he also led Canada’s Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham.
Since Sidney Lumet introduced him to the screen in Stage Struck (1958), his range of notable films include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Battle of Britain (1969), Waterloo (1970), Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Twelve Monkeys (1995) and the 1965 Oscar-winning The Sound of Music. More recent films include The Insider (1999, as Mike Wallace; National Film Critics Award), the acclaimed A Beautiful Mind (2001), Man in the Chair (2007), Must Love Dogs (2005), National Treasure (2004), Syriana (2005) and Inside Man (2006). His TV appearances, which number close to 100, include the Emmy-winning BBC Hamlet at Elsinore (1964), playing the title role; the Emmy-winning productions The Thorn Birds (1983), Nuremberg (2000) and Little Moon of Alban (1958); and HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (2013). All told, these appearances have earned him seven Emmy nominations and he has taken home two Emmys.
Apart from honours in the UK, USA, Austria and Canada, he was the first performer to receive the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre, in memory of his great friend, the Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts. In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada (an honourary knighthood). An Honourary Doctor of Fine Arts at Juilliard, he also received the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. In 1986 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Plummer’s more recent projects include the highly praised animated films Up (2009), 9 (2009) and My Dog Tulip (2009), as well as the title role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), directed by Terry Gilliam. He played the great novelist Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in The Last Station (2009) for Sony Classics, for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. He followed that up the next year with another nomination and a win for Best Supporting Actor in Beginners (2010), from writer/director Mike Mills, and appeared in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). In July and August 2012, he returned to the Stratford Festival to perform his one-man show that he created, entitled A Word or Two, directed by Des McAnuff. In other recent appearances, he starred opposite Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine in Elsa & Fred (2014), directed by Michael Radford; Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) directed by Peter Chelsom; Danny Collins (2015), opposite Al Pacino and Annette Bening for writer/director Dan Fogelman; and The Forger (2015), opposite John Travolta, directed by Philip Martin.
His recent self-written best-selling memoir, In Spite of Myself (Alfred A. Knopf Publishers) is being much lauded by critics and public alike.
After an illustrious international career in front of the camera Helen Shaver has taken her understanding of storytelling, character and the power of the frame and built a second career as a sought after director.
In 2000 Helen’s first film, Summer’s End (Showtime) garnered multiple Emmy nominations including best director, writer and actor, and won the Emmy as well as the Best Picture Award from the Chicago Film Festival.
In the ensuing years Helen has directed multiple episodes of PERSON OF INTEREST, LAW AND ORDER: SVU, REVOLUTION,THE UNIT, JOAN OF ARCADIA, STANDOFF and such shows as MEDIUM, CASTLE and PRIVATE PRACTICE to name a few.
Most recently ORPHAN BLACK and VIKINGS have become a creative home for her. Which brings us to this celebration ….
Having received multiple nominations and awards over the years, for both acting and directing – Etrogg, Genie,Gemini, Dgc,Ace, Emmy, Theatre World Award, Bronze Leopard, Win Award – the CSA nominations for her work this year are the cherry on the cake.
Jacob Tremblay is a Canadian-born actor who began acting in 2010 when he was featured in several national and international commercials. At five years old, Jacob quickly transitioned to the big screen when he booked his first audition for film or television and was cast in Raja Gosnell’s SMURFS 2. In the film, Jacob plays the young son of Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays. Following SMURFS 2, Jacob went on to supporting roles in the television shows “Motive” for ABC and “Mr. Young” for Disney and a supporting lead role in the television movie “My Mother’s Future Husband.”
Currently, the 9-year-old is busy filming BURN YOUR MAPS, where he stars opposite Vera Farmiga. Earlier this year he wrapped a supporting lead role in SHUT IN opposite Naomi Watts. When Jacob is not filming he enjoys learning about reptiles, kickboxing and playing with Lego.
Kristin Lehman is the first woman in Canada to be the lead on a successful
television series, in addition to being a producer and director on the same
show. That program, of course, is the hit CTV police procedural, MOTIVE,
currently shooting its fourth season.
Lehman is a familiar face to audiences for her leading series regular roles on
numerous dramas throughout her career, including AMC’s critically
acclaimed THE KILLING, FOX’s DRIVE, KILLER INSTINCT, ESPN’s TILT, CBS’s
CENTURY CITY and JUDGING AMY, and ABC’s STRANGE WORLD, in addition
to guest star and recurring roles on THE FIRM, CASTLE, FELICITY, KEVIN HILL
and THE X-FILES, to name just a few.
Lehman’s feature credits include: THE SENTINEL opposite Michael Douglas
and Kiefer Sutherland; THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK starring Vin Diesel and
Dame Judi Dench; THE WAY OF THE GUN with Benicio Del Toro and Ryan
Phillipe; DOG PARK with Luke Wilson; and ALASKA with Thora Birch, Vincent
Kartheiser and Charlton Heston and more recently, ARTHUR NEWMAN GOLF
PRO, with Colin Firth and Emily Blunt; and 2015’s highly anticipated thriller THE
LOFT, opposite James Marsden, Karl Urban and Wentworth Miller.
In addition to her work on film, Lehman is also the Creator and Editor of the
groundbreaking website thisfairland.com, which represents a major
contribution to Canada’s cultural scene. It’s a new lifestyle website that
showcases and celebrates artful Canadians. A place for explorers – for
artists, for creatives and for people who love to discover.
Lyriq Bent, best known for his role in the extremely successful Saw franchise, as well as the hit Canadian show Rookie Blue, first burst onto the scene in 2000. The seasoned actor has been mastering his craft for some time now with dozens of credits in feature films and television shows including Four Brothers, Take the Lead and CSI Miami.
The Jamaican born Bent, moved to Canada when he was five years old and began taking acting classes shortly after college. Interested in taking roles that addressed important issues such as oppression, human rights and other social issues, Bent spent a great portion of his career seeking projects that he believed had cultural relevance. These projects ultimately shaped Bent into the actor and person he is today.
Making the move to the United States, Bent is having a major boom. Quietly, he has major roles in many new exciting projects early next year. He is a recurring character in 12 Monkeys a Jeffrey Reiner television adaptation of the 1995 film starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. Bent stars as the male lead, Chekura Tiano, in the CBC/BET mini-series based on Lawrence Hill’s best-selling novel Book of Negroes, with Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Aunjanue Ellis. This project is personally symbolic to Bent because it brought him together with Bruce McDonald and Clement Virgo, who had been industry role models since his first project Blind Spot as an acting student. In addition, Bent recently completed shooting, Pay the Ghost alongside Nicolas Cage. The film is likely to be released in 2015.
Bent currently splits his time between Toronto and Los Angeles. He is extremely passionate about music, DJ’ing throughout his youth in order to stay out of trouble. Bent loves to cook, golf and spend time working with charities that support children’s causes.
There is no one quite like Waris Ahluwalia. He is a true original, a gifted actor, a very well known jewelry designer (“The House of Waris”), an activist/fundraiser, and one of the most prominent Indo American and Sikh figures in the fashion world. His celebrity status really took off when he was featured in the 2013 Gap “MakeLove” campaign lauded for their “celebration of inclusion and diversity”. These ads brought both tremendously positive responses and controversy (racist vandalism) which Gap and Waris adroitly and cleverly tackled head on.
He has a long friendship and working relationship with director Wes Anderson, appearing in three of his movies, first The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, then The Darjeeling Limited, and most recently the acclaimed, much-nominated The Grand Budapest Hotel. An extra benefit for Waris from the Wes Anderson films was working with the brilliant, four-time Oscar winning, wardrobe designer Milena Canonero – an inspiration for him. Waris was also in Spike Lee’s Inside Man and because of this movie became (somewhat unexpectedly, he says) a role model for young Sikh men.
He used his wide influence in the fashion world to co create a book To India With Love, to raise funds for the victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has worked on HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in South Asia, and has contributed artwork for the Elephant Family Project. He has written essays for The Paris Review, and writes the column “Love and Waris” for Style.com. He was on the Vanity Fair Best Dressed List, and on the British GQ List as the second best dressed man internationally.
He once said in an interview, “The way some people experiment with drugs and sexuality, I’ve experimented with careers”. He is always recognizable in his signature black turban, exquisite suits, and custom-made dusty pink shoes.
One of Canada’s premier actresses, Wendy Crewson has garnered critical and
popular acclaim, as well as multiple awards, for her extensive body of work in film
and television. Her filmography resumé features more than 100 titles, including
credits like Sarah Polley’s indie feature AWAY FROM HER, the made-for-TV movie
based on Margaret Atwood’s THE ROBBER BRIDE, 24 and the recurring role of the evil
leader of The Initiative in ABC’s REVENGE.
Crewson’s further credits include her Gemini-winning performances in AT THE END OF
THE DAY: THE SUE RODRIGUEZ STORY, THE MANY TRIALS OF ONE JANE DOE and THE
MAN WHO LOST HIIMSELF. She gave Gemini-nominated performances in the
television drama SEX TRAFFIC, and in the title role in the Shaftesbury wheel of movies
CRIMINAL INSTINCT: THE JOANNE KILBOURNE MYSTERIES. She also played in TWELVE
MILE ROAD, opposite Tom Selleck.
A few of her big screen credits include: THE VOW, with Rachel McAdams and
Channing Tatum; the Winnie Mandela biopic WINNIE, alongside Jennifer Hudson
and Terrance Howard; THE SANTA CLAUSE trilogy opposite Tim Allen; A HOME AT THE
END OF THE WORLD, with Colin Farrell and Sissy Spacek; Renny Harlin’s action thriller
THE COVENANT; A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ENDINGS, which was a 2010 Toronto
International Film Festival® selection, with Harvey Keitel; the family adventure EIGHT
BELOW; THE CLEARING, with Robert Redford; Eduardo Ponti’s BETWEEN STRANGERS,
with Sophia Loren; THE LAST BRICKMAKER IN AMERICA, with Sidney Poitier; BICENTENNIAL
MAN with Robin Williams; THE SIXTH DAY with Arnold Schwarzenegger;
and of course, her role as Harrison Ford’s First Lady in AIR FORCE ONE.
Adding to her prestigious list of accolades, Wendy dominates the screen as Dr.
Dana Kinney in CTV’s hit medical drama SAVING HOPE, for which she won Best
Actress in a Feature Supporting Role at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards. Crewson
will also been seen in the dramatic Super Channel original series FORGIVE ME; and
the highly anticipated TV series ‘SLASHER’. Other TV credits include: BEAUTY AND THE
BEAST; ASCENSION, SMILING JACK: THE JACK LAYTON STORY; ALCATRAZ and THE
Crewson also had two features at TIFF this year. The highly anticipated feature film
adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel ROOM, opposite Brie Larson; and
Patricia Rozema’s INTO THE FOREST, opposite Ellen Page.
This year also marks a career highlight for Wendy, who is now one of only 161
Canadians to receive a star on Canada’s Walk Of Fame.