Ryan Reynolds to receive ‘Icon’ honour at People’s Choice Awards


He’s a man of the people. Photo: AFP

The People’s Choice Awards plan to recognise actor Ryan Reynolds’ versatile career with its annual “The People’s Icon” honour, organisers announced last week.

The Canadian-born Reynolds is known for starring in the R-rated Deadpool superhero movies, the classic romantic-comedy The Proposal and family films such as Pokemon: Detective Pikachu and Free Guy.

“In any endeavour – whether it’s acting, producing, marketing or business – Ryan Reynolds has the unique ability to create joy and authentically connect with his audience,” said Cassandra Tryon, a senior vice president at NBCUniversal.

“He’s received many accolades over the years, but it’s these innate qualities that makes him so beloved.”

The 46-year-old Reynolds is already a three-time recipient at the People’s Choice Awards, having won favourite movie superhero and favourite action movie star in 2012 for Green Lantern and favourite movie actor in 2017 for Deadpool.

He is the first male performer to receive the “The People’s Icon” award in five years, following Melissa McCarthy in 2018, Jennifer Aniston in 2019, Jennifer Lopez in 2020 and Halle Berry last year.

The 2022 edition of the People’s Choice Awards will air live Dec 6 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, the United States on NBC and E! Network, with fans voting for winners in categories including music, movies and TV.

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson will host the show for a second consecutive year, with Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles among the nominees. – New York Daily News/Tribune News Service

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