Family gives me more strength than any man could deserve

Ryan Reynolds says his wife Blake Lively and their three daughters “give me more strength than any man could deserve.”

The Canadian actor also thanked his family for supporting him “despite some damn questionable years” as he picked up his People’s Choice Icon award.

He was honored for his contributions to film and television at an annual ceremony on Tuesday.

The actor, known for his Deadpool films and Welsh documentary Welcome To Wrexham, was praised for his “unique ability to create joy” following the announcement.

This year’s People’s Choice Awards took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and were hosted by Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson.

Reynolds told the audience that there were too many people to thank throughout his career.

“But I’d be pretty remiss if I didn’t say it starts with my family and ends with my family,” she said.

The Canadian actor was honored with the People’s Choice Icon award during Tuesday’s ceremony (Chris Pizzello/AP)

“To my mother, to my three brothers… and to my father who left us a few years ago. Boy, if he could see all the things that have happened, he wouldn’t be impressed with this stuff, he’d be very impressed with his three granddaughters.

“Wherever it is right now. I promise you, he’s probably not watching the People’s Choice Awards.

She continued: “But to my original family, thank you for making me who I am.

“Thank you for your unfailing support of me, despite some rather questionable years.

“Blake and my girls, you literally are – you are my heart. You are my hope, you are my happiness.

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Shania Twain was this year’s People’s Choice Music Icon Award winner, as well as a performer at the ceremony (Chris Pizzello/AP)

“I joke that my family exhausts me, but you actually give me more strength than any man could possibly deserve.”

He also promised fans that he and Lively would soon be joined by their fourth child, prompting cheers and cheers from the audience.

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Shania Twain and Lizzo were presented with special awards.

Twain, 57, received this year’s People’s Choice Music Icon Award and attended the ceremony.

He gave a medley of his greatest hits, including That Don’t Impress Me Much, Man! I Feel Like A Woman and the new single Waking Up Dreaming.

Accepting her award, Twain remembered her late mother and thanked her fans, telling them to “be queen to you.”

She recalled some of her early forays into iconic fashion moments that made her “an influence on popular culture” needing only “a sharp pair of scissors and (and) a big imagination.”

“I just mean dizzy, guys. Embrace your individuality and crazy ideas. Be brave,” she said.

“Let’s remember that there is power in numbers, we are in it together.

“Love is love, and when a door gets slammed in your face you have a crazy run, run and jump to that door and knock it down.

“Be the queen of you.”

Lizzo, 34, received the People’s Champion Award and later won song of the year for her hit About Damn Time.

The pop star used the platform to highlight champions of important causes, inviting 17 women on stage to accept the award.

Women represented societal concerns including climate change, reproductive justice, affordable health care, and police violence.

Elsewhere at Tuesday’s ceremony, Olivia Wilde’s psychological thriller Don’t Worry Darling, starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, was named Best Drama of 2022.

Kim Kardashian and her famous family have rounded up the best reality show of 2022, with their self-titled show The Kardashians.

The ceremony was broadcast on the US network NBC from 2am UK time.

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