Monday, 2 March 2015

Canadian Screen Awards 2015

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The 2015 Canadian Screen Awards shone the spotlight on all sectors of the true North's film, television and digital media industry last week, culminating in a two-hour gala broadcast hosted by the hilarious Andrea Martin, who delivered a côterie of jokes ( penned by comedy teams from the camps of  Martin Short, Steve Martin and David Letterman) with the surefootedness that Oscar hosts can only dream.

In film, Xavier Dolan's Mommy was a huge winner that night, including the top award for  Best Picture. The volcanic, Pompeii took home several awards for its technical achievements--not bad for a sword and sandal epic shot on the grounds of a parking lot on Etobicoke, eh? The music category saw a nice win for Dr.Cabbie, with Manjeet Ral and Parmjit Sarai dancing away with  the award for Original Song with "Dal Makhani".

Television's Orphan Black added several more trophies to their shelves this year, including another well-deserved nod to Tatiana Maslany, while Jason Priestly's Call Me Fitz said its farewell with notable wins for Joanna Cassidy (yes, I had a Blade Runner fan girl moment in the press room) as well as recognition for the show. Wins for cop dramas  Rookie Blue (Fan Choice for Anna Silk) and 19-2 (Jared Keeso) proved that Canadians continue to enjoy solid precinct pieces. Patriotic love continues to beat for reality go-getter, The Amazing Race.

The  digital award for best online series went to Space Riders: Division Earth,  and you couldn't have asked for a more enthusiastic group as they came into the press room beaming after their win. In response to my question about what made doing a web series so hard, they expressed that there is no money, long hours,  and no guarantee of an audience, which is why those involved have to love what they do in order to accomplish their goal. Mission accomplished, I would say.

For complete details about the Canadian Screen Awards, the nominees and recipients, please visit

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