When Christopher Plummer gives you an award of excellence, you're clearly doing some impressive work.
The legendary Canadian actor gave out the inaugural Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award of Excellence last night at a gala in Toronto. George hosted the event.
Alan Dilworth received the $20,000 award, which is sponsored by the Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada (SGCC).
The Award of Excellence goes to "an emerging or mid-career Canadian theatre artist who has made a unique and exceptional contribution to the study of Shakespeare and/or the classics in performance."
Dilworth is a text-based director, whose work is "celebrated for its stage imagery and theatrical minimalism," according to the SGCC.
He's no stranger to awards: Dilworth has been nominated for 16 Dora Awards, and won six. At the moment, he's the resident artist at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.
George with (l-r): Liona Boyd, Christopher, Norman Jewison (Photo: SGCC)
Last night's event was "a glittering success," according to Jeannette Lambermont-Morey, the SGCC's Executive Director. "Christopher Plummer's powerful and eloquent tribute to Bluma Appel brought the whole evening into focus, and provided the perfect environment in which to honour hard-working classical artists."
If you're not familiar with Bluma Appel, she was one of the great Canadian patrons of the arts, and the founder of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.
The Canadian Stage Company named the Bluma Appel Theatre in her honour, and last night's gala took place at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.
Appel was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001 for "her outstanding volunteer work on behalf of numerous cultural, social and health care organizations."
She passed away in 2007, and last night's event was intended as a special tribute to her life and work from Christopher Plummer.
A lot of other great Canadian artists were there to pay tribute as well: Norman Jewison, Liona Boyd and Robert Pilon were all in attendance.
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