Bai­ley thrilled Suther­land get­ting Os­car

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - WEEKEND -

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.

don­ald suther­land AP PHOTO

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