It’s been a long road for Ryan Reynolds, one of 2016’s biggest stars, and who seems to be finally receiving the recognition for his work that fans have been more than aware of for years. After several failed attempts at finding success in the comic book genre, both as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2011’s Green Lantern, the actor finally got to make the movie he’s been wanting to his entire career with Deadpool. Directed by Tim Miller, and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the film was a rated-R comic book success that not only received critical acclaim, but also ended up emerging as one of the year’s biggest financial successes.
Right now, with not only Deadpool 2 in the works, but several other projects already set as well, it seems like Reynolds is finally experiencing the success that he’s been working his entire career towards. The streak was only continued during last night’s Critics Choice Awards as well, when he won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performance in Deadpool.
In addition to his win in that category though, Reynolds’ biggest honor of the night came when he was awarded EW‘s Entertainer of the Year. Thanking both his wife, and according to him “for no reason at all,” his children, Reynolds took the opportunity to touch on the relatability of Wade Wilson as a character, before dedicating the award to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the SickKids Foundation of Toronto: two non-profits who treat kids suffering from cancer, and who he’s worked closely with in the past. He also dedicated the award to two kids he knew who passed away from the disease, Connor McGrath and Grace Bowen, whom he met through the non-profits:
“The character had cancer and some of the people that this character resonated with was sick kids. So I would like to dedicate this honor to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the SickKids Foundation of Toronto, two incredible organizations that do so much for so many kids in need. And I’d also like to dedicate this award to the memory of my friends, Connor McGrath and Grace Bowen. They didn’t lose the battle. They started a fight and it’s up to us to finish it.”
Reynolds work with both Make-a-Wish and the SickKids Foundation has been widely publicized in the past, but seeing the actor take the opportunity to shine a spotlight on them during his speech last night proves yet again why he’s more than deserving of being one of this year’s biggest stars. Right now too, he’s hard at work on bringing Deadpool 2 to life, which just recently had its director Tim Miller exit the project due to “creative differences,” before being replaced by John Wick‘s David Leitch.
But before that, Reynolds can next be seen in Life, a brand new sci-fi thriller also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard, an action comedy about a bodyguard being assigned to protect a hit man who’s set to testify in front of the International Court of Justice. Following the success of Deadpool this year as well, Reynolds was also named GQ’s Man of the Year for 2016 – and with a solid slate of new films already announced, it doesn’t look like the momentum surrounding the actor is going to be slowing down anytime soon either.
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