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September 14, 2017

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Birks Diamond Tribute Honourees Share Which Past Honourees They Admire

This past Tuesday, Telefilm Canada and Birks partnered once again for the fifth edition of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film during the Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s honourees reflected Canada’s rich talent and the diversity of our storytellers from coast-to-coast-to-coast: directors Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Ashley McKenzie, Catherine Bainbridge, Chloé Leriche, and Mina Shum; actors Amanda Brugel, Ellen Wong, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Mylène Mackay, and Shailyn Pierre-Dixon; and screenwriters Joanne Arseneau and Sherry White.

The 12 Canadian female actors, directors, and screenwriters were selected by a pan-Canadian jury of 27 journalists and bloggers covering the world of art, culture and entertainment. Ahead of the event, we caught up with five of this year’s honourees to ask them which past honouree they most admire and why. Read their answers below.

Mina Shum chooses Sandra Oh

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“Sandra Oh is fearless, with the courage to show vulnerability and the roles she’s taken on broaden the definition of hero.”

Amanda Brugel chooses Emma Donoghue

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“Not only is Emma Donoghue one of our most talented writers, but she is the personification of humility and grace. You leave every encounter with her inspired and full of confidence.”

Joanne Arseneau chooses Marie Vien

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“Elle est incroyablement talentueuse. Elle écrit ses scénarios avec  fougue et intelligence sans avoir peur de plonger là où il le faut pour créer des personnages de fiction débordant de réalisme et d’humanité . Ses scénarios sont empreints d’une maturité peu commune.  Je suis fière de faire partie de ses amies.”

Mylène Mackay chooses Sarah Polley

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“I remember seeing My Life Without Me one night while I was traveling in Europe at the age of 16. I remember how moved I have been by the performance of Sarah Polley. It seems that she gives us access to her soul when she acts…”

Shailyn Pierre Dixon chooses Catherine O’Hara

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“I choose Catherine O’Hara because she is an amazing and inspirational actress and woman. Her work is phenomenal, especially her work on Schitt’s Creek as Moira. Catherine always makes me laugh and I admire her very much.”