#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.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#TIFF16: “IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD”
Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
Auteur Xavier Dolan returns to TIFF this year with a Film but with the weight of expectations on him, we have come to expect even more of the Master Filmmaker. Unfortunately Fans expecting something as great and heartfelt as Mommy might feel a bit underwhelmed.
The story focuses on Louis (Gaspard Ulliel) who has been away from home for an extended period, only to return home announcing to his family that he is terminally-ill. Upon his return, tensions flare with his return and members of his family including his mother (Nathalie Baye), his brother Antoine (Vincent Cassel), his sister-in-law Catherine (Marion Cotillard) and his sister Suzanne (Léa Seydoux).
His sister was most affected by his absence, since she was the youngest and most attached, while his brother, played perfectly by Cassel, being the eldest, must protect and brace everyone from the news and Louis‘ more than probable departure yet again. This leads to much strife among the family as a consequence.
IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD screens at TIFF Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM, 9:30 PM and 9:45 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Cinemas 1, 2 and 3 respectively as well as Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 9:30 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Cinema 2.
#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
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#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.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: STARS DESCEND UPON TORONTO FOR 2013 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
Canadian Television and Film Royalty have united in Toronto this past week for three separate Galas honouring the v. best we have to offer in Entertainment. Combining what formerly were known as the Genies and Geminis together, the Awards are given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Drawing some of the Country’s most familiar faces, the final Broadcast Gala took place, airing nationally on CBC, hosted by beloved Funnyman Martin Short.
Winning top honours this year was War Witch (Rebelle), a Drama about a 14-year-old Girl in Sub-Saharan Africa who tells her unborn Child the story of her life since she has experienced the War, which swept ten categories including Best Motion Picture and Director for Kim Nguyen. American Actor James Cromwell won for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Still Mine, while War Witch‘s Rachel Mwanza won Actress in a Leading Role.
In the Television categories, CTV‘s now concluded Flashpoint won Dramatic Series, with Enrico Colantoni winning Lead Actor in a Dramatic Role. Meanwhile, Meg Tilly, who stars in Global Television Series Bomb Girls won Lead Actress in a Dramatic Role. HBO Canada‘s Less Than Kind won Comedy Series with its Wendel Meldrum winning Lead Actress in a Comedic Role. Gerry Dee won Lead Actor in a Comedic Role for CBC‘s Mr. D.
Many Stars braved the cold to greet Fans who lined hours at the Red Carpet including Laura Vandervoort, Catherine O’Hara, Geneviève Bujold, James Cromwell, Jay Baruchel, Stephen Amell, Xavier Dolan, Kristin Kreuk, Sandra Oh and several more. Even Vandervoort spotted me and even came over to say a quick “hi” recognizing me instantly! The Party continued at a Reception post-Gala at the venue, before making its way over to Rosewater Supper Club.
See some Photos I snapped below:
Click here for a complete list of Winners.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)