Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara to receive Academy Legacy Award

By Sarah Walker

Two of Canada's funniest talents are being honoured for their contributions to the entertainment industry: Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. The duo have worked together in several productions since they got their start at Second City, including the heavily nominated Schitt's Creek, and will be honoured as a pair with the Academy Legacy Award at An Evening with Canada's Stars.

“With decades of brilliant work behind them and many more to come, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara stand among the world’s finest comic actors,” Academy Chair Martin Katz said in a statement. “Though they are not an official duo, they have played together so often and so well, that we thought it only fitting to honour them together.”

Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy have worked together for decades.

Of their working relationship, the 69-year-old actor told The Hollywood Reporter the two were paired up by "fortunate circumstance."

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"We've known each other for such a long time that it's just a comfortable relationship. And when you're doing comedy, number one, you do want to work with the best people. It's hard when you're not working with the best people, so the bottom line is you want really good people who are quite skilled at this particular kind of comedy, [which is] character work," he said. "Quite honestly, it's so much fun working with her, [but I also] know I'm working with the best person I could hire for the role."

Eugene and Catherine co-star in Schitt's Creek, which nabbed 14 CSA nominations.

The 61-year-old actress agreed. "You can only bring what you know to any dialogue and any relationship, and you want to connect, and we don't have to worry about that as much because we've known each other for so many years that consciously and subconsciously, we draw on what is there -- what you feel and what you know about the person. So that really gives us a lot to work with."

The red-carpet event, hosted by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Telefilm Canada and the Consulate General of Canada, will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 25. The annual bash is a staple during awards season in the walk-up to the Oscars, and precedes the Canadian Screen Awards (CSA), which take place in Toronto on Mar. 13.

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