Canada loves Denis Villeneuve so much, they’re giving him an award for being awesome!

Denis Villeneuve, director of Dune: Part 2, will be honored with the Academy Icon Award at the Canadian Screen Awards. Learn more about the upcoming ceremony and other special award recipients.

Dune: Part 2 director Denis Villeneuve is about to become even more of a Canadian icon as he is set to receive a special trophy at the upcoming Canadian Screen Awards.

The Montreal-based film writer, director, and producer, known for his work on films like Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, and the 2021 Dune adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic novel, will be honored with the Academy Icon Award, as announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Villeneuve’s early French-language movies, including Maelstrom, Incendies, Polytechnique, and Enemy, his English-Canadian film debut that featured Jake Gyllenhaal in dual roles, have garnered him numerous Canadian Screen Awards and Genie Awards over the years.

Other special award recipients at the ceremony include Blue Ant Media CEO Michael MacMillan, who will be receiving an Industry Leadership Award, and Quebec actor Patrick Huard, renowned for his performances in Les Boys and Bon Cop, Bad Cop, who has been chosen to receive the Earle Grey Award.

The Canadian Screen Awards, which will culminate in a telecast on May 31, will also feature tribute awards for late director Jeff Barnaby, actors Devery Jacobs and Lamar Johnson, producer John Brunton, Paul Workman, Tonya Williams, and Marilyn Denis.

On March 6, the Canadian indigenous TV drama Little Bird received a field-leading 19 nominations leading up to the awards show. The event will once again be invite-only in Toronto, with no live broadcast or streaming for the prize-giving ceremony.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has rescheduled the dates for the country’s equivalent of the Oscars and Emmys to May 28-31 in Toronto, with Mae Martin slated to host a TV special to celebrate the award winners.

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