Ryan Reynolds Honored by Blake Lively, Will Ferrell at American Cinematheque Awards
“Anyone who knows me will know how much I love an entire evening dedicated to me,” Ryan Reynolds joked after receiving his American Cinematheque award in Los Angeles on Thursday night. The actor was the 36th recipient of the prestigious honor and was celebrated with an evening highlighting his success across acting, producing and his many entrepreneurial ventures, by a roster of friends and colleagues including Will Ferrell, Hugh Jackman, Octavia Spencer, Helen Mirren, Salma Hayek, Shawn Levy and wife Blake Lively.
The program featured segments titled “The Comedian”, “The Sexy Man,” and “The Serious Man” — and even included a ballroom-wide singing performance of the Canadian national song (as Reynolds is the first Canadian recipient of the award). But Lively’s speech towards the end of the evening was the highlight.
Lively, who was accompanied by their two oldest daughters and is currently pregnant with their fourth child. Lively said that the star has always beckoned them home. This began when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He would drive back to Canada every weekend.
“Now I am his home, and his girls are his home, and just like that 19-year-old boy he races home, whether it’s from across the globe or a meeting across the street; he is hardwired to get home,” Lively told the crowd in the Beverly Hilton ballroom. We would be very worried if he returned from set in his clothes, not in his wardrobe. He always comes home .”
She continued, “That man races back into his real life like nothing else I have ever seen,” she said. He is able to be everything to everyone at once. He is the most present person I have ever met. He creates magic in his work, but he also creates magic in his real life .”
Reynolds’ frequent collaborator Levy — who is reteaming with him for Deadpool 3 and teased that if the third one does not live up to the previous two, it will be the fault of Jackman, who is joining the project as Wolverine — also highlighted Lively in his speech as Reynolds’s superpower and his entire world, noting, “One of the most beautiful things is I don’t think a day has gone by in the four years we’ve been working together that he doesn’t acknowledge that and express gratitude for that.”
Levy, who was the night’s last speaker, jokingly also complained that no one told him he was “going to be fucking 17th, and everyone who goes before you are actual professional actors and comedians and leaders of nations. They’re going fucking pillage everything you had, so they have nothing original.” Levy, who was the night’s last speaker, joked that no one had told him he was “going to be fucking “)th, and everyone who goes before you are professional actors, comedians, leaders of nations.
Ferrell, who costars with Reynolds in their new Apple TV musical Spirited, was Reynolds’ first presenter, commenting that past recipients of the American Cinematheque Award have included “Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster and Sean Connery, just to name a few. Tonight, you chose Ryan Reynolds. What were you thinking? What happened? Who was the one who fell through?
He also had some kind words for me, however. “Ryan Rodney Reynolds or Ry-Rod as you are affectionately known by your fans, although you are an incredibly talented actor and filmmaker, but most importantly, you’re just great guy and I’m fortunate to be able call you a good friend.”
Hayek, Jackman and Jeff Bridges sent video messages to Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Spencer, Nathan Fillion and Mary Steenburgen were presenters in person. McElhenney bought Wrexham A.F.C, a Welsh soccer club, with Reynolds two years ago. He said that there was a strong possibility that they would be in this together for the rest their lives. Ryan is the only person I’d rather do this with, and I can honestly tell you that Ryan is my favorite person on Earth.”
Reynolds took to the stage to accept his award. He admitted that he had never taken himself too seriously. He also recalled Bridges saying to a room of producers and actors, “This is our tribe man,” something he couldn’t relate to.
Reynolds stated that while I have had the opportunity to play in many different fields and sandboxes I am mindful that I am primarily known for my role as a movie actor. This is humbling because movies bring people closer in both literal and metaphorical ways. Reynolds said that he longs for the feeling of togetherness and that it is what he yearns to create. He also added that a lot of what he does for his daughters.
“Most importantly, I get to spend my day working with my favorite collaborator of any, my wife Blake. You are the greatest Hollywood ghostwriter, you have literally authored this moment,” he said, before wrapping up.
Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions were also honored as part of the evening, receiving the Power of Cinema Award from Hill Valley; Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley presented to him, teasing to Blum, “I just have to warn you that your co-honoree this evening, Ryan, is very funny and makes very funny movies, so he has funny people introducing him. You make scary movies, so you need this scary person to introduce you.”
Langley stated, “He’s crazy. He’s bold. He’s fearless. He’s brave. And I have to tell you, Jason, that your friendship and partnership have been invaluable.” “I’m so proud that Universal has been your home for over a decade.”
Taking the stage, Blum noted, “It’s funny to be up here accepting an award because everyone in Hollywood says we don’t do it for the awards, which we know is not true, but in horror it kind of is actually true because the awards for horror are few and far between, so this is very, very cool.”
“For a long time at Blumhouse we’ve been kind of a group of misfit outsiders — we’re not allowed to think of ourselves like that anymore I suppose, especially here tonight that feels silly to say, but I still do feel that way, which I’m happy about actually — working in a genre that we love, with some of the most creative filmmakers in our business,” he continued, dedicating the award to all of the filmmakers his company has worked with — including James Wan, who Blum is in talks with to merge their two horror production companies. He said that he was “very, very excited for the possibilities of what might come when all hopefully work together” and thanked “lunatic horror lovers.” There are millions and millions of misfits and outsiders who come to watch our Blumhouse films in theaters and have a shared experience of being scared together.”
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