Bailey thrilled Sutherland getting Oscar
The Toronto International Film Festival’s artistic director says he’s thrilled the Oscars will finally honour the work of Donald Sutherland.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that it will bestow the 82-year-old Canadian acting legend with an honorary award Nov. 11.
Cameron Bailey says it’s about time. “It’s amazing that in his long career that Donald Sutherland has never had an Academy Award. I’m glad that they’re recognizing him now,” Bailey said as the film festival kicked off Thursday. “He’s done such strong work over so many decades, I think all Canadians that know that he’s Canadian — because some don’t — are proud of him.”
Sutherland’s long and diverse credit list includes Ordinary People, The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Bailey singled out the Saint John, N.B., native’s relatively more obscure work for director Nicolas Roeg, including the 1973 horror Don’t Look Now.
“To see him in everything from a very disturbing ‘70s art house film like Don’t Look Now to the Hunger Games franchise, he can do it all,” said Bailey.
“He projects a kind of severe intelligence onscreen but he’s also got a great sense of humour and that comes across sometimes in the more comic films that he’s done. I think that what he did in M*A*S*H’ is something I’ll always remember. He’s got incredible range.”
Sutherland’s latest film, “The Leisure Seeker,” heads to TIFF this weekend.
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