Plummer, Amy Price-Francis win ACTRA Toronto acting trophies

The Toronto branch honoured its own for the best performances in Canadian film and TV at the Carlu on Feb. 25.
02-27-12 Amy Price-Francis

He may have raised Oscar to his eyes, and the world, Sunday night, but Christopher Plummer was also honored this weekend with the best actor award from ACTRA Toronto for his star-turn in Erik Canuel’s indie film Barrymore.

“If Christopher Plummer had the year he’s been having 30 years ago, we would have said he’d been having a good year,” ACTRA president Heather Allin said of the tribute to the veteran Canadian stage and screen star, now 82 years-old.

“But to have the kind of year he’s having at this stage of his career is an inspiration to his fellow actors,” she added, underlining Plummer’s longevity.

Plummer faced competition in the best actor category from Cle Bennett for Flashpoint,  Peter Outerbridge and Shawn Doyle for separate performances in John: a Birth of a Country, and Eric Peterson in Billy Bishop Goes to War, another stage to screen adaptation.

The Canadian-star-studded gala awards ceremony at The Carlu in Toronto on Saturday night, hosted by Elvira Kurt, also saw Amy Price-Francis pick up the best female performer award for her lead role in the Showcase crime drama King in the episode “Lori Gilbert.”

She beat out competition from Jayne Eastwood in Down the Road Again, Jennifer Irwin in Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Tommi-Amber Pirie, also for Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, and Ellen Wong for Silent Cargo.

And Billy MacLellan took the ACTRA Toronto trophy for best voice performance for his work in the CBC Radio drama Afghanada.

Also Saturday night, Rick Mercer of the CBC’s The Rick Mercer Report received ACTRA Toronto’s 2012 Award of Excellence.