#CDNSCREEN16: “ROOM” AND “SCHITT’S CREEK” LEAD NOMINEES AT 2016 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 CBC Sunday, March 13, 2016. See the full list of Nominees here.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#TIFF15: DAY 6 SPOTTINGS – BRIE LARSON, SHIA LABEOUF, JOAN ALLEN, DAVID THEWLIS, TOM NOONAN + JACOB TREMBLAY
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.
Tom Noonan. The tall American actor also is here for Anomalisa, known best for his work in Manhunter and Heat.
Shia LaBeouf. The controversial actor was a big hit with fans at TIFF ’15, generously stopping to greet fans at the Red Carpet of his Film Man Down, at Roy Thomson Hall.
Jacob Tremblay. This young Canadian talent is mesmerizing in Room, which debuted to phenomenal response this evening at Princess of Wales Theatre.
Joan Allen. The TONY-winning, Oscar-nominated actress is here also for Room, gracious enough to stop for fans at the Red Carpet.
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!
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)