In the United States, Jacob Tremblay was either nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Screen Actors Guild), Best Young Actor (Critics' Choice Movie Award), or not nominated at all (Academy Awards) for his performance in "Room." In Canada, Tremblay was nominated for Best Actor and won the award at the 4th annual Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto last night.
"I'm Canadian so it's pretty good to be recognized in my hometown," Tremblay said on the red carpet. "… this is like one of the first Canadian awards show I'm going to. It's probably the only one, so I'm excited."
"Room" won 9 awards, including Best Motion Picture, Brie Larson for Best Actress, Joan Allen for Best Supporting Actress, Lenny Abrahamson for Best Director, and Emma Donoghue for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Nick Serino won Best Supporting Actor for "Sleeping Giant," which won Best Canadian First Feature Film at 2015 TIFF.
The Paul Gross military drama, "Hyena Road," won three technical CSAs; "Brooklyn" won Best Cinematography and Original Score.
As nice and well-deserved as the victories were for "Room," a lot of underrated efforts in Canadian film deserved more attention.
"Schitt's Creek" won 9 awards on the night, including Best Comedy Series. Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Emily Hampshire, and Chris Elliott swept the major acting awards. Dan Levy, who lost to his father for Best Actor, won Best Writing.
"Orphan Black" took home 7 awards, including Tatiana Maslany for Best Actress and Ari Mellen for Best Actor.
"The Book of Negroes" excelled well with 10 awards on the night, including Best TV Movie or Limited Series.
"19-2" won Best Drama Series: "Orphan Black" wasn't even nominated in this category. The cop drama beat out "Blackstone," "Motive," "Saving Hope," and "X Company." "Sunnyside" from City TV pulled out Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) from traditional shows "Rick Mercer Report" and "This Hour Has 22 Minutes." This shows that I am missing out on some Canadian TV.
"Corner Gas: The Movie," which I've actually seen and enjoyed, won the Golden Screen Award for TV Drama/Comedy.
Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries) beat out Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek) and Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla) for the Fan’s Choice Award.
SCTV clearly wasn't nominated but was definitely on the minds of those attending. Between Levy and O'Hara winning, Martin Short getting the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Norm Macdonald renaming the awards the Candys after the late John Candy. And, oh yes, there is talk of a #SCTV 40th anniversary reunion.
The Candys might be a nickname that can stick. The Canadian Screen Awards combined the Genies (film) and Geminis (TV), but the new awards haven't had a nickname that has stuck so far. Candys is brilliant; we will see if the name returns to form for the 5th annual Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.
This was the first year Macdonald hosted the event. Martin Short, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, was the host the first 2 years with Andrea Martin hosting last year.
"Never has there been so much Canadian talent in one place that hasn't had to be zambonied first," noted Canadian Screen Awards host Norm Macdonald.
photos credit: @Academy_NET (first 2 photos); Reuters