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Winnipeg cheers Anna Paquin's unexpected Oscar win

It's Hollywood's biggest night. The Academy Awards are the most important awards in the entertainment industry and one of the biggest TV events in the world. The stars strut down the red carpet in their finest in anticipation of seeing who'll take home the coveted golden statuette — the Oscar. Since the awards were first handed out in 1929, Canada has enjoyed an impressive track record. CBC Archives pays tribute to a handful of Canadians whose Oscar recognition reverberated back home.

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Urologist Wayne Paquin is getting his 15 minutes of fame thanks to his talented niece. In a surprise move, the Academy awards Anna Paquin the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in the film, The Piano. The 11-year-old becomes the second-youngest actor to successfully compete for an Oscar. Back in Canada all of Winnipeg is celebrating her Oscar win. "She's very bright and precocious... kinda of a natural," the proud uncle tells CBC's Peter Gzowski. 
. Anna Helene Paquin was born on July 24, 1982, in Winnipeg but moved to Lower Hutt, New Zealand, when she was four years old. Her father, Brian, is a physical education teacher, and her mother, Mary, is an English teacher.
. Paquin beat out over 1,000 girls - including her sister - to land the part of Flora McGrath in The Piano, starring Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel.

. In the radio clip, Gzowski refers to Anna Paquin's acceptance speech when she stood breathless and shocked at the microphone for some 20 seconds before speaking.
. Since her Oscar winning performance in The Piano, Paquin has starred in several films including Fly Away Home (1996), the X-Men series (2000-2006) and The Squid and the Whale (2005).

. In 1973, 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal became the youngest-ever Oscar winner. She received the Best Supporting Actress award for Paper Moon.
. The youngest Oscar recipient was Shirley Temple, who was just six, when the Academy honoured her with a special award in 1934.
. The oldest Oscar winner was Jessica Tandy, who was 80 when she took the Best Actress award for Driving Miss Daisy in 1989.
Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: March 22, 1994
Guest(s): Wayne Paquin
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 6:44

Last updated: April 2, 2012

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