Montreal's Sylvain Bellemare gave a shoutout to his home city and expressed his fondness for Quebec director Denis Villeneuve as he accepted the best sound editing Oscar on Sunday for his work on "Arrival."
"This award, by far, is a collective award made by people from many countries around the world, led by the Quebec team. Salut, Montreal," said Bellemare in his thank you speech.
He then thanked the cast and crew, including star Amy Adams, who failed to receive a nomination from the Academy.
"Amy Adams, you're a wonderful person and a profound actress," said Bellemare. "Thanks a lot."
"Denis Villeneuve ... I love you so much. You bring love to us. All we need is love. Good night."
Montreal's Sylvain Bellemare took home an Oscar for Sound Editing. (Patrick Wymore/ABC via Getty Images)
Bellemare won in a field that also included teams from "Deepwater Horizon," "Hacksaw Ridge," "La La Land" and "Sully."
Earlier this month, Bellemare — along with two "Arrival" sound mixers — won a trophy from the British Academy Film Awards.
Bellemare wasn't the only Canadian to take home an Oscar on Sunday. Alan Barillaro of Chippawa, Ont. also won an Oscar for his animated short "Piper."
The six-minute film, produced by Pixar, depicts a baby bird and her mother trying to dodge waves while searching for food on the beach.
The film had a coveted spot in theatres, screening before Pixar's feature-length smash "Finding Dory," which was 2016's top-grossing film.
"Piper" was one of three projects from Canadian animators in contention for the best animated short Oscar.
Director Alan Barillaro (L) and producer Marc Sondheimer, winners of the award for Short Film (Animated) for 'Piper. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
The others were "Pear Cider and Cigarettes," directed by Vancouver's Robert Valley, and "Blind Vaysha" by Montreal's Theodore Ushev.
"There's a legacy of great animation from Canada that you feel really proud to be a part of," said Barillaro during a recent interview with The Canadian Press.
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