OTTAWA - Canadian actors Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill are engaged.

Baruchel dropped the news while accepting a fan choice prize at the televised Genie Awards, throwing out a big thank you to his mom and his "fiancee, Alison."

Later backstage, "The Trotsky" star said he gave Pill a 180-year-old Victorian wedding band for Christmas.

He says it was initially intended to simply be a holiday surprise but it turned into something much more.

"I was just going to give her a nice gift and don't-dump-me-anytime-soon kind of present for Christmas," Baruchel explained.

"I gave it to her and I think I decided in that moment that I might as well call a spade a spade. I'm pretty sure my words were: '(Screw) it, do you want to marry me?' To which she said, 'Yes, of course.' "

Baruchel said the wedding is slated to take place in September 2012.

The celebrity couple have been together less than a year.

In January, Baruchel said he and the 25-year-old Pill began dating on the Winnipeg set of the upcoming hockey movie, "Goon," a few months earlier.