Is it too jingoistic to award it to Chris Lambeth?

I am here tonight because of the grace and humility of one guy watching from Montreal. Ryan Larkin, I dedicate this award to you. And I’m sharing this award with Steve Hoban for Copper Heart Entertainment. Steve, you and Mark Smith were with me from the very beginning. You guys are troopers. And to Marcy Page from the National Film Board of Canada. You guys are visionaries in Canadian filmmaking. The Canada Council for the Arts, Seneca College. Dave Baas and my crew. You guys know who you are. You are the most inspired and dedicated people I’ve ever worked with. And to my darling, Jody, I love you so much. And finally to the Academy for continuing to support short filmmaking in all its forms. I cannot tell you how cool that is.

Incidentally: count the number of agencies in that list that are publicly funded. To that media chorus howling for millions of public dollars to be invested in winning more Olympic gold, it applies to the arts too, folks.