The biggest night of the year for movies—the 91st annual Academy Awards—is almost here. And while we’re pumped to see Bradley Cooper perform, find out whether Black Panther will be the first superhero movie to win best picture, and really just to see how this host-less show goes, we’re also really excited to see the Canadians in the pack.
You know who we’re talking about. People like Domee Shi, whose animated short Bao is the story of a dumpling-come-to-life we never knew we needed. Or Jeremy Comte and Marianne Farley, whose respective shorts Fauve and Marguerite are both up for statues. And then there’s sound mixer Paul Massey (Bohemian Rhapsody) and set decorator Gordon Sim (Mary Poppins Returns), who both seem to have a pretty strong shot at a win.
This crew won’t be the first Canadians to make us proud on awards night, though. Click through the gallery below to see an array of Canucks who have twinkled next to Oscar over the decades, earning a permanent place in our hearts.
14 times Canadians made us proud at the Oscars
Mary Pickford is the first Canadian to winMary Pickford was a trendsetter in 1925 when she became the first Canadian to ever take home an Academy Award as a result of her work on Coquette. The Toronto-born actress eventually became known as “America’s Sweetheart,” but we Canadians still recognize her real roots. Getty Images
Norma Shearer, the record-holderThe Montreal native is the most-nominated Canadian actress ever at the Oscars, but it was her historic 1930 win for The Divorcee that we remember. That’s because that year she was also nominated in the same category for her role in Their Own Desire, so she technically beat herself. Come to think of it, she’s probably one of the reasons the Academy no longer allows double nominations.Getty Images
Marie Dressler and Norma Shearer go head-to-headIn 1931 the two Canadian actresses were both nominated for best actress; Dressler for Min and Bill, Shearer for A Free Soul. In the end it was Dressler who took home the statue, a notable feat given that she was 61 years old—an age that Hollywood didn’t often celebrate back then.Getty Images
The Huston legendOntario-born Walter Huston nabbed a handful of nominations over his career, eventually winning for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. But more importantly he started a trend: his son John went on to win Oscars in the directing and adapted screenplay categories, and his granddaughter, actress Anjelica Huston, won the 1985 Oscar for Prizzi’s Honor.Getty Images
The non-professional actorYou may have never heard of Harold Russell, but he is one of only two non-professional actors to ever win an Oscar—and to date the only Canadian in that category. The World War II vet lost both his hands in the war, and was cast in The Best Years of Our Lives after the director saw him in a doc. Getty Images
A young Anna Paquin impressesNew Zealand may try to claim Anna Paquin, but she was born in Winnipeg. That means we count her memorable 1994 win for The Piano as our own too. Especially since the then-11-year-old gave one of the cutest acceptance speeches ever.Getty Images
Christopher Plummer’s memorable winKnow who holds the title for the oldest-ever Oscar winner? That would be none other than Canadian Christopher Plummer. He won in 2012 for his film Beginners, which is kind of an ironic title considering the stats. Getty Images
Almost everyone on ‘The Shape of Water’We’re still sorting out our feelings over The Shape of Water's fishy premise, but we still felt lots of pride at the 2018 Oscars after the film won a slew of awards. According to Canadian producer J. Miles Dale, nearly every person who worked on the movie was Canadian, other than director Guillermo Del Toro and some members of the cast.Getty Images
Everything James CameronNo matter how you feel about the famous director, there’s no denying that 1998 was his year. That’s when he walked away with three trophies for Titanic, including one for best director. Now if only his “king of the world” acceptance speech hadn’t been so face-palm inducing.Getty Images
Donald Sutherland, the honorary winnerWith such a rich body of work, you’d think Donald Sutherland would have locked up a trophy by now. Sadly, he’s never been recognized for one specific project, but the Academy thankfully rectified that in 2018 with an honorary award. Getty Images
Our jewel, Norman JewisonWho could forget seven-time nominee, producer and director Norman Jewison? While the Canadian Film Centre founder never won an Oscar for any specific piece of work, his entire collection, which includes Moonstruck and Fiddler on the Roof, was honoured with a trophy in 1999. (It was about time.)Getty Images
The sole foreign language winnerTo this day, Denys Arcand remains the only French-Canadian director to ever take home an Oscar. He has been nominated three times, but it was in 2004 that he took home the statue for The Barbarian Invasions.Getty Images
Paul Haggis’ double win2006 was the year of Paul Haggis, when he took home trophies for writing and producing the racially charged film Crash. Our only disappointment? That he didn’t also land the directing category; he was beat out by Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain.Getty Images
Bonus: Robin Williams makes fun of usOne of our all-time favourite moments that celebrated Canada had nothing at all to do with Canadians, but everything to do with the song “Blame Canada” from South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Robin Williams and a chorus line of Mountie-styled dancers had us grinning the entire time.Getty Images
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