Nominations were announced earlier today at Oliver & Bonacini‘s Aperture Room for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, now in their fifth year. Announcing nominees were a trio of Canadian talent including actors Maxim Roy (Shadowhunters), Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) and Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale).
With 134 categories, divided by Digital Media, Television and Film, the Awards brought out some familiar and new names. Leading the Television nominees once again is ORPHAN BLACK with a stellar 14 nominations (and wins in the past three consecutive years) including Best Dramatic Series and Actress (Tatiana Maslany).SCHITT’S CREEK, also a multi-CSA winner which just premiered in its third season, follows closely in second with 13 nominations, while KIM’S CONVENIENCE gets 11 nominations in its debut. The latter two, both from CBC, compete for Best Comedy Series.
Leading the Film nominations with nine nods is Xavier Dolan‘s IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD including Best Motion Picture and Direction, Canada’s Best Foreign Picture entry at the upcoming Academy Awards. RACE, also filmed in Montreal like WORLD, gets eight nominations, while BEFORE THE STREETS, OPERATION AVALANCHE and WEIRDOS each get six nods apiece.
Newly-appointed Academy CEO Beth Janson who returned to Canada recently after a stint in the U.S., comments on the lack of a star system in Canada and hence the necessity of recognizing our own Canadian talent which she is certain has no shortage of. “The stories we tell are increasingly reflective of our diverse experiences as Canadians, and that is a trend to cherish”, she tells a room of industry, media and nominees.
Some Snaps from the Breakfast:
Academy President, Martin Katz
Actress, Amanda Brugel
Actor, Simu Liu
Actress, Maxim Roy
Nominees Jennifer Dale and Adrian Holmes
Team Schitt’s Creek congratulate Catherine O’Hara on her nod!
The 2017 Canadian Screen Awards air live on CBCSunday, March 12, 2017 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, hosted by Howie Mandel. Academy Award winner Christopher Plummerthat night is slated to be honoured with aLifetime Achievement Award. The Awards cap-off Canadian Screen Week, which takes place between Monday, March 6 – Sunday, March 12, 2017. Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer that night is slated to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Like previous years, Fans will have a chance to engage with various events set to take place leading up to the Awards. Visit ACADEMY.CA for updates.
eOne Films + Mr. Will want to give Canadian Readers a chance to win a RACE Movie Prize Pack featuring the Movie on Blu-ray Combo Pack and a $50 Gift Card from GNC!
Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. “Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
NBA All-Star Weekend has taken over Toronto for the first time ever. Kicking-off the festivities tonight at Ricoh Coliseum on CNE grounds was the much-buzzed Canada vs U.S. Mountain Dew 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, headed by captains Drake and Kevin Hart respectively. Drake tonight was given the honours of holding the key to the City based on his outstanding contributions locally.
Team Canada alas would prevail under Drake‘s guidance with a score of 74-64 with Win Butler and Tracy McGrady leading the pack.
Spotted in the audience tonight were some huge names like Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and more. The three were on the set of XXX: The Return of Xander Cage filming at the penthouse of one of the City’s most historic hotels. Wrapping just before 7, they head-on over quickly to Ricoh Coliseum, making it in time despite Fans waiting in the cold for them. It is said during halftime show, Diesel stopped to pose for Selfies with several Fans who clamoured for him, soaking-up all the adoration.
Olivia Wilde also was seen cheering Jason Sudeikis who is here promoting Jesse Owens Biopic RACE, alongside Co-Star Stephan James who played for Team Canada.
Rapper Snoop Dogg also is in-town too, leaving a trail of heartbreak this morning after no-showing at appearances on Breakfast Television and The Morning Show after a night of partying Thursday!
Meanwhile not far from the Celebrity Game, Gwen Stefani and Usher would headline an Afterparty at a specially-constructed for the occasion True North Lounge sponsored by Bell.Stefani quietly head to the venue around 9 with bodyguard picking her up from the underground of her Hotel and a trunk full of luggage. She is to appear in the first ever Live Music Video to be filmed Grammys night for her single Make Me Like You, dedicated to boyfriend and The Voice Co-Star Blake Shelton. Earlier in the day she had an Album Listening Party for upcoming Disc, This Is What the Truth Feels Like.
Other parties taking place in the City tonight included Kevin Hart‘s bash at Roy Thomson Hall, Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg are expected at Muzik Nighclub and also Amber Rose and Blac Chyna at Stadium Nightclub.
See our Snaps with NBA Megastar Chris Paul and man of the hour Kevin Hart!
Actors Jason Sudeikis and Stephan James are in the City today promoting sports drama RACE. Based on the inspiring story of Olympian Jesse Owens, the Film premieres tonight in Toronto at Scotiabank Theatre.
The stars did press bright and early today starting at KISS 92.5‘s The Roz & Mocha Show before heading to a sizable crowd of fans over at Breakfast Television. Watch the interview here. An appearance also was scheduled for The Morning Show on Global Television.
Despite an extreme cold alert being issued this NBA All Star Weekend, James and Sudeikis were amazing to stop for fans, taking their time to do selfies and signing memorabilia. James is a Toronto native and starred in Oscar contender Selma last year, while Sudeikis is a familiar face to us having visited for TIFF in recent years with partner Olivia Wilde and press tours for Horrible Bosses and We’re The Millers!
eOne Films + Mr. Will want to take Readers to see a piece of history in RACE! Screenings take place in Vancouver (Scotiabank Vancouver), Calgary (Chinook), Edmonton (Scotiabank Edmonton), Winnipeg (St. Vital), Ottawa (Cineplex Ottawa), Halifax (Scotiabank Halifax), Victoria (SilverCity Victoria) on Thursday, February 18, 2016.
The true story of Jesse Owens, the African American track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
It follows Jesse’s (Stephan James) and his coach’s (Jason Sudeikis) fight to win gold, while up against growing racial tension in America and Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany.
Race stars also Jeremy Irons and William Hurt.
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eOne Films release RACE on Friday, February 19, 2016.