If this is your first time hearing the American Cinematheque Award, it’s “given annually to an extraordinary artist who is currently making a significant contribution to the art of the moving image.” As this is understandably a big deal, Ryan was supported by Blake and their two eldest daughters at the ceremony.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blake began his speech by praising “Ryan’s artistry, his heart, his philanthropy, his humor, his integrity, his unparalleled work ethic, his levity of self-mockery, his hard-earned depths and his grace. .”
Since the award is American, Blake paid tribute to Ryan’s birthplace, Canada. “A lot of those amazing qualities come from his native Canada, and giving back to the country that gave him his life is essential to who he is as a person,” she continued.
In fact, Ryan used to drive home to Canada every weekend when he first moved to Los Angeles – a practice Blake called “essential to keeping him grounded, to keeping him sane, to keep him”.
“Now I am his home, and his daughters are his home, and just like this 19-year-old boy, he’s rushing home – whether it’s from around the world or from a meeting across the country. street, he’s wired to come home,” she continued.
“If he came home from set not in his wardrobe, we’d be very concerned – drenched in mud, fake blood, real blood, prosthetic scars, superhero costumes, tap shoes or clown makeup, daddy always comes home.”
Blake went on to point out how Ryan constantly “shows up” for their family “as he does quietly and invisibly, all the time.”
Finally, Blake said she wanted to leave the crowd “not with the details of his actions, but with the DNA of who he is. That DNA is distinctly Canadian, shot a magical night in 1976 between the sheets of Jim and Tammy Reynolds. I’m looking at you Tam-Tam, you little rascal!”
Ryan began his own speech in a typically offhand manner, saying, “Anyone who knows me knows how much I love an evening all about me.”
“I’ve never really taken myself too seriously, as many of you know, and it creates quite a confusing paradox when I’m celebrated with a very serious awards show with a prestigious company like this.”
“Most importantly, I spend my days working with my favorite collaborator of all, my wife Blake. You are the greatest ghostwriter in Hollywood history, you literally created this moment for me,” he added.