#CDNSCREENAWARDS: 2017 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
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!
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The 2017 Canadian Screen Awards air live on CBC Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, hosted by Howie Mandel. Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer that night is slated to be honoured with a Lifetime 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.
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#TIFF16: “TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR”
Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
Director Kim Nguyen brings to TIFF ’16 a Philosophical Drama, Two Lovers and a Bear, that questions how far one will go for a loved one and at what cost. When two lovers are living close to the North Pole and they both have their inner demons to face, the question gets raised as to what they will do for one another to allow them to achieve their dreams and try to escape the horrible pasts they have left behind.
The Movie focuses on Lucy (Canada’s Tatiana Maslany) and Roman (Dane DeHaan) who are madly in love with one another. They both live near the North Pole in a secluded community to try and escape their pasts but every now and then it manages to resurface and hurt them both. When Lucy receives word that she has been accepted to study biology, their relationship takes a turn for the worst and the movie starts to beg the question of how far will one go for their love?
Both Maslany and DeHaan give it their all, and their performance can turn even the most cynical of people into believers. The chemistry they share throughout the Film is truly magical and makes the audience believe what they are witnessing is genuine emotions. Two Lovers and a Bear is not to be missed at TIFF ’16.
Two Lovers and a Bear screens at TIFF on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre) and Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 3 PM at Ryerson Theatre.
#SPOTTED: “ORPHAN BLACK”, “POMPEII” + “MOMMY” LEAD THE WAY AT 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
Canadian Screen Week capped-off in a huge way tonight with the third annual Canadian Screen Awards taking place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The Ceremony honouring the finest in Canadian Film and Television, is meant to recognize and celebrate the Hotbed of talent in our Country and also, on an international scale.
Hosted by SCTV Alumni Andrea Martin, the laughter kept coming with her referencing everything from the fresh Internet debate of the White vs. Blue Dress, to a hilarious introduction which saw her falling out of her SUV, full of censored pixilation, which later would be turned into a YouTube Video complete with Autotune. She revealed before the Press Room that her jokes tonight with a result of a collaboration between friends Steve Martin, Martin Short and a couple Writers from Late Show with David Letterman.
128 Screen Awards were handed-out this week, with 45 being handed tonight during the live Broadcast, airing first in the Atlantic region. Among the top Winners tonight was ORPHAN BLACK, which for a second consecutive year won Best Dramatic Series, along with its Star Tatiana Maslany nabbing again Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Maslany arrived dressed in Canadian Designers Greta Constantine, with her Boyfriend, Downton Abbey Star, Tom Cullen.
French-language Drama MOMMY – fresh off a César Award in France – from Quebec Filmmaker/Actor Xavier Dolan would go on to win major accolades tonight including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Achievement in Make-Up, Original Screenplay, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Antoine Olivier Pilon), Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Dorval) and Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Suzanne Clément).
POMPEII also would go-on to score big, winning Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Costume Design, Achievement in Visual Effects, Achievement in Sound Editing and Achievement in Visual Effects. It earlier was awarded the Cineplex Golden Reel Award as top-grossing Canadian Film. Mega-Producer Don Carmody accepted the Award tonight, while one of its Stars, Kiefer Sutherland walked the Red Carpet, making a return to his Hometown.
Several would dazzle the Red Carpet tonight including recent Oscar Winner Julianne Moore, smart in a Pantsuit, graciously accepting a warm round of applause as she came to present. The Actress was nominated for her work in David Cronenberg‘s acclaimed MAPS TO THE STARS, which eventually saw her Co-Star John Cusack go-on to win for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Others who dazzled included Meaghan Rath of BEING HUMAN, Sarah Gadon of MAPS TO THE STARS, Julia Voth of PACKAGE DEAL, Patrick J. Adams of SUITS, a pregnant A.J. Cook of CRIMINAL MINDS and a tearful Missy Peregrym who commended ROOKIE BLUE Fans for being “fierce”; the latter Series won Golden Screen Award for Best Dramatic Television Series.
For a complete list of Winners, click here.
See our Snaps from tonight’s Red Carpet Festivities!
2015 Canadian Screen Award Presenters
Tom Cullen + Tatiana Maslany
The Team behind ORPHAN BLACK
Xavier Dolan + Nancy Grant of MOMMY
Tatiana Maslany winning for ORPHAN BLACK
Jared Keeso wins for 19-2
Anne Dorval wins for MOMMY
Missy Peregrym accepts for ROOKIE BLUE
Vinay Virmani + Manpreet Ral winning Best Original Song for DR. CABBIE
Don McKellar winning for SENSITIVE SKIN
Bruce Greenwood + Susan Devlin
Ken Taylor (on whom Oscar-winning Best Picture ARGO was based) + Co-Producer Elena Semikina
Patrick J. Adams
Dan Levy, Annie Murphy + Eugene Levy of SCHITT’S CREEK
The Cast of TU DORS NICOLE
The Director + Cast of MOMMY:
Missy Peregrym + Gregory Smith
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#GIVEAWAY: ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF “CAS & DYLAN” STARRING TATIANA MASLANY ON DVD
TVA Films, Pacific Northwest Pictures and Mr. Will want to give Readers a chance to win Canadian Screen Award-nominated CAS & DYLAN on DVD!
Cas & Dylan is a comedic drama that follows the 61-year-old self-proclaimed loner and terminally ill, Dr. Cas Pepper (Dreyfuss), who reluctantly agrees to give 22-year-old social misfit, Dylan Morgan (Maslany), a very short lift home. The last thing he anticipates is that he will strike her angry boyfriend with his car, find himself on the lam, and ultimately drive across the country with an aspiring young writer determined to help him overcome his own bizarre case of suicide note writer¹s block.
Suddenly Cas’ solo one-way trip out West isn’t so solo. With Dylan at his side, the two take off on an adventure that will open their eyes to some of life’s lessons both big and small. Cas & Dylan is a story not only about death, but also about life, fate, inspiration, and self-determination. Not to mention, about the perils of offering lifts to strangers.
CAS & DYLAN is Actor Jason Priestley‘s directorial debut.
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TVA Films & Pacific Northwest Pictures release CAS & DYLAN on Video-on-Demand, Digital Download and DVD August 12, 2014.
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#INTERVIEW: “ORPHAN BLACK”, “GABRIELLE”, “ENEMY”, “CALL ME FITZ” CELEBRATED AT 2014 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
David Cronenberg. Orphan Black. Gabrielle. Enemy. Call Me Fitz. These five names might not strike a connection other than that they are distinctly Canadian, but they were fêted tonight as big Winners at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. The week-long Celebrations known as Canadian Screen Week culminated in a star-studded Red Carpet Bash at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, seeing several of our Country’s Heroes and Heroines of the Screen convening proudly in the name of our artistic accomplishments.
Over the course of the week, Toronto-filmed Sci-Fi Series Orphan Black amassed a whopping ten wins including TV Drama tonight. Its Star Tatiana Maslany certainly has shined a light on Canadian Talent over the past year, garnering a Critics’ Choice Award south of the Border last June for her performance(s) as several identical Women revealed to be Clones. The 28-year-old Regina-born Actress won for Actress, TV Drama, which is seen on BBC America and the Space Channel in Canada. A Belle of the Ball, indeed.
Making a splash in the TV categories was Call Me Fitz, winning for TV Comedy. Starring former Beverly Hills, 90210 Hunk Jason Priestley and Tracy Dawson, both won Actor and Actress, TV Comedy respectively. Priestley also directed Maslany in the Feature Film Cas & Dylan, for which she received also a nomination for Actress, Motion Picture.
Warming hearts this evening was Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who lit-up the Press Room with her big smile, tightly clasping onto her Trophy. The first-time Actress stars in Gabrielle, which won her coveted Actress, Motion Picture. The Coming-of-Age Tale centering on a musically-gifted Teen suffering from Williams Syndrome (a condition with which Marion-Rivard actually has been diagnosed), went-on to win in the category of Motion Picture for eOne Films. The Canadian Distributor also saw more accolades with its new release Enemy, filmed in Toronto and directed by Denis Villeneuve, going-on to win for Director, Motion Picture and Supporting Actress, Motion Picture with Sarah Gadon.
Iconic Filmmaker David Cronenberg was honoured this Evening with the Lifetime Achievement Award and to ring-in the occasion were long-time Collaborator Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello. Although both Actors were careful not to take away his spotlight, Mortensen did say in the Press Room introducing Cronenberg rather succinctly, “I don’t think he’s gotten the universal recognition he deserves”, proudly flaunting some Montreal Canadiens Merchandise. The ground-breaking Director indicated his focuses right now are his debut Novel, Consumed, which potentially will be made into a Film, and also his next release Maps to the Stars, which has its sights set on the Cannes Film Festival this Spring.
Curious to see what Executive Producer of Maps to the Stars, Martin Katz has to say about the eagerly-awaited Film starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Julianne Moore? Interested to see where Anna Silk and Fan’s Choice Screen Star – Zoie Palmer – might be headed next on Lost Girl? Will Mr. D Star Gerry Dee be returning to Woodbine Racetrack to call a few more races? What does Mia Kirshner say about the second Season of Defiance? What were George Stroumboulopoulos‘ 2014 Canadian Screen Award Predictions?
Watch this Video of Mr. Will‘s Red Carpet Chats with all the above here:
Above all the celebrations, we had a blast admiring up-close the Red Carpet Fashions whether it be Pretty Little Liars Star Shay Mitchell in a daring plunging neckline, Jessica Paré stunning in Stella McCartney, Maria Bello beautiful in Nicholas Oakwell or Katheryn Winnick ravishing in red by Romona Keveza. Even Dina Pugliese of CITY‘s Breakfast Television was a Goddess in Jovani! Swoon.
For a complete list of Winners, click here.
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#CDNSCREEN14: “ORPHAN BLACK” AND “TOM AT THE FARM” LEAD NOMINEES AT 2014 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
A Who’s-Who in Canadian Film, Television and Digital Media gathered today at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto as Nominees were unveiled for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Selected by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, a bevy of Talent and Media were on-hand to hear Nominations announced by our v. own David Sutcliffe (Cracked) and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings).
Leading the way this year in Television with a whopping 14 Nominations is breakout Hit Orphan Black including Best Dramatic Series, with its Star Tatiana Maslany at the Golden Globes last night in Los Angeles. Maslany received a Nomination for her work on the Series in the Category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.
After premiering at TIFF ’13, Xavier Dolan‘s Tom at the Farm leads the Film Category with an impressive eight Nominations. The young acclaimed Filmmaker in addition to Best Motion Picture, is up for Best Direction and Screeplay also. eOne Films distributes the French-Canadian Title.
eOne Films’ The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, filmed in Toronto, will be honoured with Cineplex‘s Golden Reel Award for the highest-grossing Canadian Film at the Box Office. The Distributor last year won with Resident Evil: Retribution.
For a complete list of Nominees, click here.
The 2014 Canadian Screen Awards take place on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, airing live on CBC at 8:00 PM EST; Martin Short will be hosting.
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#GOLDENGLOBES: “AMERICAN HUSTLE” LEADS WINNERS AT THE 71ST ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
Taking place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, the Stars electrified the Red Carpet tonight at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards. Honouring the year’s best in Film and Television, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association selected their most deserving, unveiled at the Ceremony, seen by many as a Precursor to the Oscars.
Hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey a second time, the Funnywomen brought-out big laughs from the Celebrity-filled Audience including pokes at George Clooney on his habit of dating younger Women to Matt Damon jokingly being called a “Garbage Man” amidst the high caliber Talent which filled the room. An aloof Julia Louis-Dreyfus, nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy, played-up her new-found Movie Star status, donning sunglasses as the Camera panned her with Reese Witherspoon playfully trying to take a Selfie with her. Poehler after several nominations, finally won her first Golden Globe tonight for Best Lead Actress in a TV Series Comedy with Parks and Recreation.
American Hustle walked away the big Winner tonight winning three Awards, including Best Motion Picture Comedy, Best Lead Actress in Motion Picture Comedy (Amy Adams) and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Jennifer Lawrence). The ’70s-set Dramedy directed by David O. Russell, who received a Nomination in the same Category last year with Silver Linings Playbook, is garnering commercial success in addition to acclaim, exceeding the $100-million mark in North America.
12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, regarded as a Frontrunner for Best Picture at the Oscars next month, was awarded one single win for Best Motion Picture Drama. The Film which received the coveted People’s Choice Award at TIFF ’13 in September.
Breaking Bad, Behind the Candelabra and Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the Television Categories each took home two Golden Globes apiece, winning Best Actor with Bryan Cranston, Michael Douglas and Andy Samberg respectively. Each Series also won Best Series in each Category: Best Television Series Drama, Best Television Mini-Series or Movie and Best Television Series Comedy.
Auteur Filmmaker Woody Allen was given lifetime achievement distinction with a Cecil B. DeMille Award despite being in absentia. Accepting on his behalf was his Annie Hall Muse Diane Keaton whose heartfelt Speech was highlighted by song and laughter.
Red was a highlight on the Red Carpet tonight with some of the Evening’s best looks coming from eventual Winner Amy Adams in a two-toned red Valentino Number and Country-Pop Sensation Taylor Swift stunning in a cherry-red and black Dress by Carolina Herrera. Also, Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave dazzled in a red caped Piece by Ralph Lauren. Another Fresh Face, The Wolf of Wall Street Star Margot Robbie wowed in a white Gucci dress and surprisingly was overlooked for her work in the acclaimed Martin Scorcese Film.
Toronto’s Tatiana Maslany despite being nominated for Best Lead Actress in a TV Series Drama with Orphan Black, still represented our City proudly despite losing-out to a deserving Robin Wright of Netflix‘s House of Cards. Fans avidly supported Maslany online with the Hashtag #TATIANAPOCALYPSE.
Complete List of Winners below:
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
“12 Years a Slave”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Great Beauty”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Spike Jonze, “Her”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Robin Wright, “House Of Cards”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Burton
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Alex Ebert, “All Is Lost”
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“Behind The Candelabra”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Jennifer Lawrence “American Hustle”
Mr. Will and some of the 2014 Golden Globe Winners:
The Academy Awards air on CBS Sunday, March 2, 2014.
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