It’s official: Ryan Reynolds was always number one in our hearts, and now he has the award to prove it. The Deadpool star just took home Entertainment Weekly’s trophy for 2016’s Entertainer of the Year at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards.
The honored was bestowed upon the father-of-two earlier this week, but on Sunday night, he was given the opportunity to accept the award on live television, and his dry humor obviously took center stage.
“I also want to thank my wife [Blake Lively] and, for no reason at all, I suppose my children,” Reynolds joked. “Deadpool was an 11-year Odyssey for me to get up here, and it resonated with a lot of people. The character had cancer, and some of the peole that this character resonated with were sick kids,” he said, dedicating his honor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the SickKids Foundation of Toronto, as well as late fans Connor McGrath and Grace Bowen.
“They did lose the battle but they started a fight and it’s up to us to finish it,” Reynolds said, turning him into a real-life superhero.
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Later in the evening, Reynolds scooped up Best Actor in a Comedy honors with his telltale humor. “My 2-year-old daughter, the first full sentence she ever said was, ‘There’s no crying in baseball,'” he directed at Tom Hanks, star of cult baseball flick, A League of Their Own. “I’m not kidding.”
So why was the actor chosen for the Entertainer of the Year honor? Well, he wasn’t just a prop reading lines. Not only did Reynolds push to get Deadpool made, he came up with many of the jokes on his own. “The humor, the tone, and the pathos came from Ryan in a very organic and almost unconscious way,” producer Simon Kinberg told EW.
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Congrats, Ryan! Deadpool—and you—definitely deserve it.