Statement Article from  Canadian Heritage

Minister Joly Congratulates Canadian Winners at the 2016 Academy Awards

OTTAWA, February 29, 2016

Canadian artists have once again made their mark at one of the motion picture industry’s most prestigious award ceremonies. I am proud of everyone working in the arts in Canada; they are among the most talented and creative people in the world.

Yesterday evening, at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, a Canadian took top honours and walked off with a coveted Oscar statuette.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy earned the Oscar in the category Documentary (Short Subject) for her film A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.

At the technical awards ceremony on February 13, David McIntosh, Steve Marshall Smith, Mike Branham and Mike Kirilenko were recognized for the engineering and development of the Aircover Inflatables Airwall.

I congratulate our Canadian winners and applaud their excellent work. I would also like to salute all the Canadians who were nominated this year.

I would also like to congratulate Brie Larson, who won the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for the film Room, a Canada–Ireland co-production:

Our government knows that Canada’s audiovisual industry contributes to the vitality of our culture and represents an important sector of our economy. In 2014-15, the total volume of film and television production in Canada was $7.1 billion, including $2.96 billion in Canadian production alone.

Visit oscar.go.com (English only) for more details about the ceremony.

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