Above all else, one thing rang clear throughout last night’s Canadian Screen Awards: the message of representation and strength in diversity on screen. Indigenous stories like The Secret Path took home awards alongside actors like Paul Sun-Hyung Lee from Kim’s Convenience and Nabil Rajo from Boost. Over the course of the awards, women, people of colour and LGBTQ+ artists were honoured for their work in Canadian film and television.
Kim’s Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee won his second Canadian Screen Award for best lead actor in a comedy series. Lee wore a black pin during his acceptance speech in solidarity with the #AfterMeToo campaign. “When you give people a voice, other people start listening. And when people start listening, things start to change,” said Lee.
“Representation matters because when communities and people see themselves reflected up on the screen, it is an inspiring and very powerful moment for them.” – Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, actor
Watch his full acceptance speech below.