Mike Miller
December 11, 2016 10:27 PM

When in doubt, turn to Tom Hanks.

Ryan Reynolds was at a rare loss for words after winning the Critics’ Choice Awards for best actor in a comedy for Deadpool, so instead of focusing on himself, he decided to turn the attention to America’s dad.

“I genuinely was not expecting this, I prepared nothing. So, I’m just going to focus on Tom Hanks,” he said while accepting the award on Sunday.

“No really though, you’re a huge influence on me. My 2-year-old daughter — the first full sentence she ever said was, ‘There’s no crying in baseball.’ I’m not even kidding,” Reynolds added, referencing Hanks’ classic line from A League of Their Own.

Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, welcomed their second child in September, and have yet to reveal her name. Their 5-week-old baby girl joins big sister James, 23 months.

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During his acceptance speech, Reynolds also thanked his Deadpool screenwriters — and screenwriters everywhere — for their contributions to the film industry. “I’d also like to take this chance to thank the screenwriters, not just the ones on Deadpool, but the ones everywhere,” he said.

“It’s a hugely undervalued asset in Hollywood: they’re architects, they make us look good, often times their jobs are very hard,” he continued. “They’re alone in rooms in their underwear, weeping softly with their tears working as lube for their old fashioned typewriter machines,” he joked. “So I accept this on the screenwriters behalf.”

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Earlier in the night, Reynolds accepted the honor of being Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year and dedicated the award to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the SickKids Foundation of Toronto in a touching speech.

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