Last night Star Trek’s ‘Kirk Classic’ was in Ottawa to host the 31st Annual Genie Awards, Canada’s answer to The Oscars. During the show Bill made a few Star Trek quips, including one introducing the new Christopher Pike, Bruce Greenwood. See below for a first-hand report from the event, pictures, and an audio interview with Shatner following the show. (plus a Canada only link to video)
Shatner Hosts The Genies – jokes ‘not bitter’ about Star Trek 2009 success
Report by John Holt
William Shatner was tapped to host 31st Annual Genie Awards, recognizing the best of Canadian film, to bolster viewer interest in the show, which wasn’t even nationally broadcast last year. “They wanted a host that appealed to a younger, hipper demographic,” Shatner quipped at the top of the show. “Then they watched the Oscars…” But unlike the much maligned recent Oscars, Shatner made hosting the Canadian award show seem effortless.
Shatner delights the crowd at 31st Annual Genie Awards at National Arts Centre – Ottawa Canada, March 10th, 2010
Shatner started The Genies with a plea for a life-time achievement Genie, noting that it’s one of the few awards missing from his collection. “Golden Globe? Got it. Emmy? Got it. Governor General’s Award? Getting it. Genie? Need it!” But even he admitted that his body of Canadian work was limited. “But Star Trek II happened and c’mon, what was I going to do?”
Bill kept up the Trek jokes when introducing the first first two presenters, one of which was Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek’s Captain Pike – who also starring in the Genie Best Picture nominated Barney’s Version), saying:
He was in the most successful Star Trek movie ever made…not that I’m bitter.
Bruce Greenwood and Kristen Kreuk at 31st Annual Genie Awards in Ottawa Canada, March 10th, 2010
The host jokingly slammed his Star Trek VI adversary, Christopher Plummer (General Chang). “I took the stage from him at Stratford when he got sick… with syphilis.” (Turns out it was kidney stones, but as Shatner noted, “My story is better.”). The Shat had the crowd at the National Arts Centre in his hands the whole night. From my seat, I could read the teleprompter, and it was amazing to see how many of his lines were ad-libbed on the spot.
William Shatner hosting 31st Annual Genie Awards in Ottawa Canada, March 10th, 2010
Greenwood doesn’t bring up Star Trek + Backstage with Shatner
Unfortunately Mr. Shatner did not attend the post-awards banquet, but Bruce Greenwood did and I had a chance to speak to the actor, who was very gracious. The actor spoke passionately about his work, but when it came to talking about the future the 2012 Star Trek sequel was not mentioned as he listed off some of his next projects. Not sure there is anything to be read into that, but it was noteworthy.
Bruce Greenwood on red carpet for 31st Annual Genie Awards in Ottawa Canada, March 10th, 2010
Shatner did attend the Genies backstage press conference with his wife Liz. Here is audio from the press room (courtesy of Richard Crouse).
And here are some pics from back stage.
William Shatner and wife Liz backstage at 31st Annual Genie Awards in Ottawa Canada, March 10th, 2010
William Shatner at Genie Press event
If you live in Canada, you can watch the entire Genie Awards broadcast at www.cbc.ca.