While TIFF ’16 begins to wind down, we still are seeing some quality Films premiere. At VISA Screening Room, we have Rebecca Hall in what Critics are calling a riveting performance in CHRISTINE, baaed on real events surrounding a reporter who commit suicide on-air. Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver also brought starpower to Ryerson Theatre for (Re)ASSIGNMENT. Gerard Butler is set too to walk the Red Carpet at Roy Thomson Hall for Toronto-made THE HEADHUNTER’S CALLING. Meanwhile, Rooney Mara walks the Red Carpet at Princess of Wales for UNA.
Taking place tonight at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the fourth annual Canadian Screen Awards fêted the very best in both Television and Cinema this past year. Sweeping in the Film categories including Best Film, was Academy Award Nominee for Best Picture, ROOM, shot here in Toronto last winter and subsequently winning the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at TIFF 2015.
In addition to garnering Brie Larson her first Oscar victory last month, the American Actress won Best Film Actress tonight for her work in the Film Adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel, its screenplay also penned by the latter. Director Lenny Abrahamson and Donoghue herself also won in their respective categories.
Child Actor Jacob Tremblay stole the show, garnering a well-deserved victory for Best Film Actor for his portrayal of a child named Jack whom after living all his life isolated from the world with his Ma (Larson), is faced with the challenge of adapting to the real world after he manages to flee from his and his mother’s captor. He tells the Press Room with great pride that he will be displaying his award on his shelf alongside his Millennium Falcon. As we all know by now, he loves Star Wars.
I ask Tremblay what he has to say to Brie Larson whom he has navigated so successfully through Awards Season these past few months. He tells me, “I hope we can work together again”.
CBC Comedy Schitt’s Creek also dominated the Television categories with three wins tonight including Best TV Comedy Series, Best Actor (Eugene Levy) and Actress (Catherine O’Hara) in a TV Comedy. O’Hara and Levy both agree that the Canadian Screen Awards should be given an official nickname of the “Candies” for phonetic and sentimental reasons. The name pays tribute to their SCTV Co-Star John Candy, a Canadian icon who left us far too soon.
Orphan Black also once again was recognized tonight, its upcoming season having wrapped in Toronto just recently. Its star Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a TV Drama Series, but unfortunately was busy at the SXSW Festival promoting her new Film with partner Tom Cullen this weekend. Her Co-Star Ari Millen was honoured with Best Actor in a TV Drama Series.
Complete list of winners announced tonight:
Best Comedy Series Schitt’s Creek CBC (CBC)
(Not A Real Company Productions Inc.) Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, Ben Feigin, Mike Short, Kevin White, Colin Brunton
Best Dramatic Series Sponsor | Innovate By Day
19-2 Bravo! (Bell Media) (Sphere Media Plus, Echo Media) Jocelyn Deschenes, Virginia Rankin, Bruce M. Smith, Luc Chatelain, Greg Phillips, Saralo MacGregor, Jesse McKeown
Best International Drama Vikings History Channel Canada (Shaw Media) (Take 5 Productions) Sheila Hockin, John Weber, Michael Hirst, Morgan O’Sullivan, James Flynn, Alan Gasmer, Sherry Marsh, Bill Goddard
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role Schitt’s Creek – Carl’s Funeral CBC (CBC) Eugene Levy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black – Newer Elements of Our Defence Space (Bell Media) Ari Millen
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role Schitt’s Creek – Don’t Worry, It’s His Sister CBC (CBC) Catherine O’Hara
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Orphan Black – Certain Agony of the Battlefield Space (Bell Media) Tatiana Maslany
Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) Sunnyside – Top Hat City (Rogers Media) Kathleen Phillips, Pat Thornton, Patrice Goodman, Kevin Vidal, Alice Moran, Rob Norman, Norm Macdonald
Best TV Movie or Limited Series Sponsor | Entertainment One The Book of Negroes CBC (CBC) (Entertainment One, Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment) Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo, Margaret O’Brien, Carrie Stein, Lance Samuels, Bill Niven, Michael Levine
Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistique Ethan Tobman, Mary Kirkland – Room
Achievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumes Joanne Hansen – Beeba Boys
Achievement in Direction | Meilleure réalisation Sponsor | Commanditaire | Pinewood Toronto Studios Lenny Abrahamson – Room
Achievement in Editing | Meilleur montage Sponsor | Commanditaire | The PostMan Post-Production Studio Nathan Nugent – Room
Achievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillages Sponsor | Commanditaire | M●A●C Cosmetics Sid Armour, Jennifer Gould – Room
Achievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originale Michael Brook – Brooklyn
Achievement in Music – Original Song | Meilleure chanson originale Sponsor | Commanditaire | Slaight Music Jenny Salgado, André Courcy – Scratch – A Hip-opera | Scratch – Un Hip-Opéra – “C’est aujourd’hui que je sors”
Achievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensemble Sponsor | Commanditaire | Deluxe Toronto Lou Solakofski, Ian Rankin, Joe Morrow, Russ Dyck, Graham Rogers, James Bastable, André Azoubel, Don White, Jack Hereen – Hyena Road
Achievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonore Jane Tattersall, David McCallum, Martin Gwynn Jones, Barry Gilmore, David Evans, Dave Rose, Brennan Mercer, Ed Douglas, Kevin Banks, Goro Koyama, Andy Malcolm – Hyena Road
Achievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuels Phil Jones, Sarah Wormsbecher, Eric Doiron, Anthony DeChellis, Lon Molnar, Geoff D.E. Scott, Nathan Larouche, Mark Fordham – Hyena Road
Adapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptation Emma Donoghue – Room
Best Animated Short | Meilleur court métrage d’animation The Ballad Of Immortal Joe – Hector Herrera, Pazit Cahlon
Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary | Meilleures images dans un long métrage documentaire Sponsor | Commanditaire | Sony of Canada Arnaud Bouquet – Last of the Elephant Men
Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary | Meilleur montage dans un long métrage documentaire James Scott – How to Change the World
Best Live Action Short Drama | Meilleur court métrage dramatique She Stoops To Conquer – Zack Russell, Marianna Khoury
Best Motion Picture | Meilleur film Room – David Gross, Ed Guiney
Best Short Documentary | Meilleur court métrage documentaire Sponsor | Commanditaire | Hot Docs Bacon & God’s Wrath – Sol Friedman
Original Screenplay | Meilleur scénario Benjamin August – Remember
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Interprétation masculine dans un premier rôle Jacob Tremblay – Room
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role | Interprétation masculine dans un rôle de soutien Nick Serino – Sleeping Giant
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role | Interprétation féminine dans un premier rôle Brie Larson – Room
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role | Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutien Joan Allen – Room
Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary | Meilleur long métrage documentaire Ted Rogers Hurt – Peter Gentile, Alan Zweig
See our Snaps of the Talent on the Red Carpet tonight:
Elevation Pictures + Mr. Will want to get you elevated! We want Readers across Canada to win copies of Academy Award-nominated ROOM on Blu-ray Combo Pack!
To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . It’s where he was born, it’s where heand his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely inthe wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held forseven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him inthis eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack‘s curiosity building alongside herown desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
In additon to being nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, ROOM, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, also is up for Directing, Actress and Adapted Screenplay. You must witness breakthrough performances by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay.
ROOM hits stores and is on-demand Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Date to be confirmed. Brie Larson, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay star.
Now in its third thriving year, AN EVENING WITH CANADA’S STARS was held last night at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Leading into the Academy Awards and Canadian Screen Week, the Gala honours Canadian accomplishments in Cinema during Awards Season and if any year, this was the year to celebrate. The Gala is brought to us by Telefilm Canada, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.
Canada notched over 20 nominations at the Academy Awards this year and one Technical Achievement Award! This also marks the first time ever Canada has had two Films in the running for Best Picture, with Canadian Co-Productions ROOM and BROOKLYN both being nominated.
It was an at-capacity crowd as Canadian talent and notables filled the venue. Being honoured with the Academy‘s Legacy Award are two iconic Canadian screen veterans, Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, whom after making us laugh many years on SCTV, still continue to do so on CBC Series, Schitt’s Creek. Both walked the Carpet tonight with their loved ones before taking the stage to accept their honours.
The fashion was bold and elegant on the Red Carpet with presenter Emmanuelle Chriqui in a gorgeous red and white floral print dress making a subtle Canadian statement. Amanda Brugel was a vision in wavy white, reminding us again what a triumph she was in ROOM as a quick thinking police officer who helps save the day. Laura Vandervoort simply never disappoints and chose a fashion-forward pink lace number. Katie Boland was a stunner in a magenta dress, looking classic and chic. Missy Peregrym continues to rock our world with her amazing choices including a dyed pixie cut and short black dress shirt-like number. Academy Award-nominated Shoreh Aghdashloo was effortlessly chic in simple, flattering red. Stealing the entire show though was dapper Jacob Tremblay, star of ROOM in a perfectly-tailored and patriotic red suit which had us both jealous and in “awww”. Did we mention his swoon-worthy police detective dad Jason was there too? Effortlessly cool in a non-stagedad way.
Why don’t you be the judge of that? Let’s gawk at some of that Canadian beauty which the World can’t seem to get enough of:
Presenters Lyriq Bent + Emmanuelle Chriqui
Legacy Award honourees Catherine O’Hara + Eugene Levy
Catherine O’Hara + Guest
Jacob Tremblay + Amanda Brugel
Toronto Mayor John Tory + Guests
Sarah Blackwood of Walk Off the Earth
George Stroumboulopoulous with Air Canada‘s Bambina Marcello + Robert Trudeau
Martin Katz, Academy Chair
Stephan Moccio (co-wrote “Earned It” by The Weeknd for Fifty Shades of Grey)
Co-Presenter (and Canadian Screen Award Nominee) Lyriq Bent sums-up the spirit of An Evening with Canada’s Stars best by telling the room “We’ve got to show the world what we’re all about because that’s what it takes to be great. We need to understand ourselves before we need others to understand us.”. After he and Chriqui called to stage all Canadian Academy Award Nominees this year, last but not least was the brilliant young star of ROOM himself, Tremblay. “I need you all to understand – this is the future generation. This is why when we see talent, we need to embrace talent, not just tell him how great he is, but to show this young man what it is to be a good man. That’s our responsibility in this industry.”.
Suicide Squad star Adam Beach, who also presented, had a two or thing to say about Tremblay too!
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So everybody was trying to crash this Party!
Canadian Screen Week runs Monday, March 7 through Sunday, March 13, 2016, the night of the Canadian Screen Awards.
It’s that time of the year again! Awards Season wouldn’t be complete without the Canadian Screen Awards, set to take place Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for a fourth year. The Gala to be hosted by comedian Norm MacDonald, recognizes the finest accomplishments in Canadian Film, Digital Media and Television, revealing its nominees this morning at TIFF Bell Lightbox with the help of Actors Aislinn Paul (Degrassi, Heroes Reborn) and Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes). The Duo were revealed as nominees too.
Leading the Film nominees this year is Academy Award Best Picture-nominated ROOM with eleven nods including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Art Direction, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Makeup, Music, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Actor in a Leading Role (Jacob Tremblay), Actress in a Leading Role (Brie Larson) and Actress in a Supporting Role (Joan Allen). Both Larson and nine-year-old Tremblay are fresh off Critics’ Choice Awards this past weekend for their work in the Toronto-made Film.
Following closely behind were HYENA ROAD, which despite a whopping eight nominations didn’t receive a Best Motion Picture nomination, and French-language Film OUR LOVED ONES with seven nominations.
SCHITT’S CREEK leads Television category nominees with 14 nominations, plus one in the Digital Media division, including Best Comedy Series, Best Direction in a Comedy Series (twice), Best Photography in a Comedy Series, Best Editing in a Comedy Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Series (twice), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Elliott) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Annie Murphy, Catherine O’Hara). Interestingly, father-son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy are going head-to-head in this category.
CSAs favourite Orphan Black follows closely behind in second with 13 nominations. Tied with 12 nominations apiece were Mr. D and 19-2.
A star-studded list of nominees were announced with the likes of Rossif Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, Jared Keeso, Tatiana Maslany, Missy Peregrym, Megan Follows and several more. We wait to see the list of talent to grace the Red Carpet in March!
Earlier at the Press Conference, the new Discovery Award was presented to Director Yosef Baraki and Producers Andrew Korogyi and Asef Baraki for their Afghanistan-filmed Feature, MINA WALKING. The Award is for emerging Filmmakers working with a budget of under $250k.
Once again this year, Fans will get a chance to connect with their favourite Canadian stars Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Eaton Centre in the Canadian Screen Awards Fanzone. Fans also will be given a chance to win a spot in the Red Carpet section at the Sony Centre on the day of the Awards and even have a chance to vote for their favourite Canadian star in the Fan’s Choice Award voting. Details can be found here.
The 2016 Canadian Screen Awards air 8 PM on CBCSunday, March 13, 2016. See the full list of Nominees here.
Elevation Pictures + Mr. Will are thrilled to take Readers across Canada to see TIFF ’15 People’s Choice Award winner, ROOM.
We saw it and we were enthralled. We can’t wait for you to discover it and tell all your friends about it.
The Screenings take place either Wednesday, October 21, 2015 or Thursday, October 22, 2015 in Toronto and Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Halifax and Victoria.
Synopsis: Jack (Jacob Tremblay), five, was born in captivity. The shed in which he and his Ma (Brie Larson) are confined is all he knows. His Ma was abducted when she was 17 and their only visitor is his father and her kidnapper, Old Nick (Sean Bridgers).
When Jack and his Ma finally escape, he is both awestruck and terrified by the outside world. His Ma, on the other hand, must face the long and difficult process of recovery after being imprisoned for so long.
ROOM stars Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy and introducing Jacob Tremblay! Lenny Abrahamson directs, with a script written by Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the novel on which the Film is based.
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Elevation Pictures release ROOM in Toronto on Friday, October 23, 2015 and across Canada on Friday, October 30, 2015.
TIFF ’15 is starting to wind its way down and although the star power might not be where it was this past weekend, there still is plenty to be excited about. Today we caught-up with the casts of Man Down, Room and Anomalisa.
David Thewlis. The English actor gained much popularity with a younger generation for his work on the Harry Potter franchise as Remus Lupin. He is at TIFF ’15 with Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated feature directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. The Film won a Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival recently.
Brie Larson. This talented young actress this past weekend at TIFF ’15 was honoured with the IMDB Star Meter Award, normally given to an actor who shows a lot of promise and buzz. She is garnering tons of acclaim for her breakout role in Room. We loved her Red Carpet look tonight and are even thrilled after many tries, finally getting that Selfie moment with her!