Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Canadian Screen Awards replace Gemini and Genie Awards, broadcast March 3 on CBC

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced its first Canadian Screen Awards nominees in film, television and digital media. The nominees were announced on Jan. 15, 2013 in a webcast from simultaneous news conferences in Montreal and Toronto.

The new awards honor achievement in both Canadian television and film, replacing the Gemini (television) and Genie (film) Awards. This year's debut Canadian Screen Awards includes nominees in 116 categories (22 film, 89 television, 5 digital media).  One of the nominees, Rebelle / War Witch, has been nominated for an Oscar (Best Foreign Film).

Canadian Screen Week, which runs Feb. 26-March 3, culminates in the inaugural two-hour Live Broadcast Gala on Sunday, March 3 on CBC at 8 PM. It will be hosted by actor and comedian Martin Short. As a personal aside, my claim to fame with Mr. Short is riding in an elevator with him at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver a number of years ago. He was just like how he appears on TV and in the movies, funny and friendly!

A Canadian Screen Awards statue has been designed by Endeavour and made in Prince Edward County, Ontario by Wallis Awards. It symbolizes two screens with the public at the core. The specialty manufacturing company is owned and operated by Glen and Susan Wallis, who have worked with the Academy for the past 18 years. The statues are manufactured measure 32.5 centimeters high and weigh 2.5 kilograms. Endeavour has also created a trailer for the Canadian Screen Awards, which was unveiled during the nomination announcement on Wednesday. 


Best Motion Picture
  • L'Affaire Dumont | Nicole Robert
  • Inch'Allah | Luc Dery, Kim McCraw
  • Laurence Anyways | Lyse Lafontaine
  • Midnight's Children | David Hamilton
  • Rebelle / War Witch | Pierre Even, Marie-Claude Poulin
  • Still Mine | Tamara Deverell Jody Colero, Avi Federgreen, Michael McGowan
Achievement in Direction

  • Michael Dowse | Goon
  • Xavier Dolan | Laurence Anyways
  • Deepa Mehta | Midnight's Children
  • Kim Nguyen | Rebelle / War Witch
  • Bernard Emond | Tout Ce Que Tu Possedes / All That You Possess

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
  • James Cromwell | Still Mine
  • Patrick Drolet | Tout Ce Que Tu Possedes / All That You Possess
  • Marc-Andre Grondin | L'affaire Dumont
  • David Morse | Collaborator
  • Melvil Poupaud | Laurence Anyways
Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role
  • Evelyne Brochu | Inch'allah
  • Genevieve Bujold | Still Mine
  • Marilyn Castonguay | L'affaire Dumont
  • Suzanne Clement | Laurence Anyways
  • Rachel Mwanza | Rebelle / War Witch


Best Comedy Program or Series
  • Good God (Shaftesury)  Christina Jennings, Ken FInkleman, Scott Garvie, Jan Peter Meyboom
  • Kenny Hotz Triumph of the Will (Entertainment One)  Kenny Hotz, James Crouch
  • Less Than Kind (Breakthrough Entertainment, Buffalo Gal Pictures) Ira Levy, Marvin Kaye, Phyllis Laing, Mark McKinney, Chris Sheasgreen, Paula Smith, Peter Williamson
  • Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays (Rhombus Media Inc.)  Niv Fichman, Sari Friedland, Bob Martin, Don McKellar
  • Mr. D (Topsail Productions Ltd., Mr. D S1 Productions Ltd., Mr. D S1 Ontario Productions Ltd.)  Gerry Dee Michael Volpe
Best Dramatic Series
  • Arctic Air (Omni Film Productions Limited) Ian Weir, Michael Chechik, Gary Harvey, Gabriela Schonbach
  • Bomb Girls (Back Alley Film Productions Ltd., Muse Entertainment Enterprises, Back Alley Films) Janis Lundman, Michael MacLennan, Adrienne Mitchell, Michael Prupas
  • Continuum (Timely productions Inc.) Simon Barry, Tom Rowe, Patrick Williams 
  • Flashpoint (Flashpoint Season IV Productions Inc.) Anne Marie La Traverse, Bill Mustos
  • King (Indian Grove Productions Ltd.) Bernard Zukerman, Greg Spottiswood

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