ACTRA National taps Catherine O’Hara for Award of Excellence

The Schitt's Creek star will be presented with the annual award at an L.A. event held in April.

Catherine O'Hara cropped -v2Canadian comedy icon Catherine O’Hara has been selected to receive the 2020 ACTRA National Award of Excellence.

Set to be presented to the Toronto-born actor, writer, producer and director on April 18 at the Beverly Hilton in L.A., the annual award celebrates an ACTRA member’s accomplishments and contributions to their fellow performers and the Canadian entertainment industry. She joins previous award recipients Jay Baruchel, Molly Parker, Kim Coates and Neve Campbell.

O’Hara began her comedy career with Toronto’s Second City Theatre and later, starred in Canadian sketch comedy show SCTV with the troupe. She earned four Emmy nominations and one win for her writing on the show. Her other credits include: Six Feet Under, Temple Grandin, Beetlejuice and Home Alone. She has also starred in Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003) and For Your Consideration (2006) from co-writers Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, her fellow SCTV and Schitt’s Creek co-star.

Most recently, O’Hara has garnered attention for her role as Moira Rose on CBC/ Pop TV comedy Schitt’s Creekwhich is now in its sixth and final season. Notably, she has won Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards for her performance, four consecutive times. In 2016, she also picked up ACTRA Toronto’s Award for Outstanding Performance for the series, and in 2019, she also earned an Emmy nod. Last year also saw O’Hara and her castmates walk away with ACTRA Toronto’s Series Ensemble prize.

She is currently competing for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Earlier this month, Schitt’s Creek secured nominations for the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy at the Producers Guild Awards and Outstanding Comedy Series from the GLAAD Media Awards.