We're in the thick of awards season -- the BAFTA nominations were just announced, the Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, and we just wrapped the Golden Globes last night.
There's no better time to reveal the nominees for the Canadian Screen Awards, which honour the very best and brightest of Canadian TV and movies of the past year. Nominees in 123 Canadian Screen Awards categories (22 film, 94 television and seven digital media) were announced today via simultaneous press conferences in Montreal and Toronto.
TV shows and movies which received multiple nominations include sci-fi smash hit "Orphan Black," comedy veteran "Less Than Kind," (which just finished its final season), cop show "Rookie Blue," the Denis Villeneuve movie "Enemy" (starring Jake Gyllenhaal), Xavier Dolan's "Tom á la ferme" ("Tom At The Farm"), and Newfoundland love song "The Grand Seduction," directed by Don McKellar. Canadian film and TV stars like Tatiana Maslany, Jay Baruchel, Gordon Pinsent, Hugh Dillon and Sarah Gadon were also nominated. A list of nominees in the major categories -- both TV and movies -- is below. For a complete list, visit The Academy's website.
“We are exceedingly proud today to reveal the nominees for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards,” says Academy Chair Martin Katz. “This was a year marked by a record-breaking number of submissions, reflecting a robust level of activity in the screen-based industries in Canada. Congratulations to all,” says Katz.
“2014 marks 65 years of celebrating leading talent in Canada: first film, then television and now digital media … with the greatest Canadian stars in our history gracing our awards year after year,” says Academy CEO Helga Stephenson. “From Mary Pickford to Martin Short, we have been blessed with the best, a tradition we intend to carry forward,” adds Stephenson. “Congratulations to all the nominees, you have already won.”
The Canadian Screen Awards are set to take place at the very end of Canadian Screen Week, which runs from March 3-9. The Awards will be handed out on March 9 at 8 p.m. EST, with Martin Short set to reprise his role as host. We'll see if he gets up on those high wires again.
CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD NOMINEES
Shaw Media Award for Best Dramatic Series
- "Blackstone," APTN (APTN)
- "Bomb Girls," Global (Shaw Media)
- "Flashpoint," CTV (Bell Media)
- "Motive," CTV (Bell Media)
- "Orphan Black," Space (Bell Media)
Bell Media Award for Best Comedy Program or Series
- "Call Me Fitz," TMN/Movie Central (Bell Media/Corus Entertainment)
- "Gavin Crawford's Wild West," CBC (CBC)
- "Mr. D," CBC (CBC)
- "Seed," Citytv (Rogers Media)
- "Tiny Plastic Men," Super Channel (Allarco) (Mosaic Entertainment)
Best Reality/Competition Program
- "Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All," Discovery Channel Canada (Bell Media) (Box Cats Productions)
- "Canada’s Handyman Challenge," HGTV Canada (Shaw Media) (Firvalley Productions Inc.)
- "Dragons' Den," CBC (CBC)
- "Intervention Canada," Slice (Shaw Media)
- "Top Chef Canada," Food Network Canada (Shaw Media)
Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
- "Alive," MuchMusic (Bell Media) (The Fable Co.)
- "Degrassi," MuchMusic (Bell Media)
- "Life With Boys," YTV (Corus Entertainment)
- "Mr. Young," YTV (Corus Entertainment)
- "The Next Step," Family Channel (Bell Media)
Best Factual Program or Series
- "Don't Drive Here...," Discovery Channel Canada (Bell Media) (Proper Television Inc.)
- "Yukon Gold," History Channel Canada (Shaw Media)
- "Museum Secrets," History Channel Canada (Shaw Media)
- "Never Ever Do This at Home," Discovery Channel Canada (Bell Media)
- "Strip the City," Discovery Channel Canada (Bell Media)
Best National Newscast
- "CBC News: The National"
- "CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme"
- "Global National"
Bell Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
- "Call Me Fitz" - Jason Priestley
- "Gavin Crawford's Wild West" - Gavin Crawford
- "Less Than Kind" - Jesse Camacho
- "Mr.D" - Gerry Dee
- "The Ron James Show" - Ron James
Bell Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
- "Call Me Fitz" - Tracy Dawson
- "Less Than Kind" - Nancy Sorel
- "Less Than Kind" - Wendel Meldrum
- "Seed" - Carrie-Lynn Neales
Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
- "Being Human" - Sam Huntington
- "The Borgias" - François Arnaud
- "Cracked" - David Sutcliffe
- "Flashpoint" - Hugh Dillon
- "Rookie Blue" - Ben Bass
Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
- "Blackstone" - Michelle Thrush
- "Bomb Girls" - Meg Tilly
- "Murdoch Mysteries" - Hélène Joy
- "Orphan Black" - Tatiana Maslany
- "Vikings" - Katheryn Winnick
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
- "Flashpoint" - Sergio Di Zio
- "Orphan Black" - Jordan Gavaris
- "Orphan Black" - Michael Mando
- "Orphan Black" - Kevin Hanchard
- "Rookie Blue" - Matt Gordon
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
- "Blackstone" - Cheri Maracle
- "Continuum" - Luvia Petersen
- "Haven" - Claudia Black
- "Orphan Black" - Maria Doyle Kennedy
- "Rookie Blue" - Priscilla Faia
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
- "Gavin Crawford's Wild West" - Andrew Cheng
- "Less Than Kind" - Tyler Johnston
- "Less Than Kind" - Nicholas Campbell
- "Less Than Kind" - Colin Cunningham
- "Satisfaction" - Pat Thornton
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
- "Jack" - Rick Roberts
- "Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story" - Michael Shanks
- "An Officer and a Murderer" - Gary Cole
- "The Phantoms" - Tyler Johnston
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
- "A Mother's Nightmare" - Jessica Lowndes
- "I Think I Do" - Mia Kirshner
- "Jack" - Sook-Yin Lee
- "Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story" - Kathleen Robertson
Best Motion Picture
- "The Dismantlement"
- "Empire Of Dirt"
- "The F-Word"
- "The Grand Seduction"
- "Tom At The Farm"
Achievement In Direction
- Sébastien Pilote, "The Dismantlement"
- Denis Villeneuve, "Enemy"
- Michael Dowse, "The F-Word"
- Xavier Dolan, "Tom At The Farm"
- Pedro Pires & Robert LePage, "Triptyque"
Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
- Gabriel Arcand, "The Dismantlement"
- Jake Gyllenhaal, "Enemy"
- Daniel Radcliffe, "The F-Word"
- Brendan Gleeson, "The Grand Seduction"
- Rajesh Tailang, "Siddarth"
Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role
- Jay Baruchel, "The Art Of The Steal"
- Alexandre Landry, "Gabrielle"
- Gordon Pinsent, "The Grand Seduction"
- Pierre-Yves Cardinal, "Tom At The Farm"
- Marc Labrèche, "Whitewash"
Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role
- Tatiana Maslany, "Cas & Dylan"
- Cara Gee, "Empire Of Dirt"
- Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, "Gabrielle"
- Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, "Rhymes For Young Ghouls"
- Isabelle Guérard, "Rouge Sang"
Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
- Florence Blain, "L’Autre Maison"
- Jennifer Podemski, "Empire Of Dirt"
- Sarah Gadon, "Enemy"
- Mackenzie Davis, "The F-Word"
- Evelyne Brochu, "Tom At The Farm"
Now that every single media outlet has gushed with praise for this outstanding show, we thought now would be the right time to say: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/chris-jancelewicz/orphan-black-review_b_2965251.html" target="_blank">WE SAW IT FIRST</a>. No, but seriously, we've been monitoring this Tatiana Maslany masterpiece since it was first buzzed about at TCA in 2012. So there. And really, it's not a stretch to say that "Orphan Black" is easily the best Canadian-made show on TV right now.
'The Amazing Race Canada'
None of us were really sure what to expect from the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/amazing-race-canada" target="_blank">Canadian version of "The Amazing Race."</a> Would it have the same quality? Would the teams be entertaining? Would they visit beautiful locales across this great nation? Thank goodness the answer to those resounding questions is unanimously "yes." Prep for Season 2 in the fall summer of 2014.
'Big Brother Canada'
For a reality show that's had umpteen seasons south of the border, it was tough to imagine a bunch of average Canadians making something out of this franchise. They shot way past the target, and "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/big-brother-canada" target="_blank">Big Brother Canada</a>" supplied some of the biggest shocker moments of the TV season. Who could ever forget <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/02/big-brother-canada-winner-jillian-topaz-season-1_n_3202417.html" target="_blank">that ridiculous finale</a>?
Man, this show. While it definitely doesn't appeal to everyone, you can't deny that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/lost-girl" target="_blank">"Lost Girl" has some of the most devoted fans</a> of any TV show in existence. The succubus drama/comedy always manages to hit the right notes, and continues to grow and mature as it <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/melissa-girimonte/lost-girl-season-4-episode-8-recap-groundhog-fae_b_4516666.html" target="_blank">makes its way through its fourth season</a>. Fully homegrown and an international hit, "Lost Girl" is something for Canadians to brag about.
Speaking of loyal fans, "Continuum" fans are running a close second to the "Lost Girl" fae-natics. About to enter its third season, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/25/continuum-tv-show-showcase-review_n_1545978.html" target="_blank">"Continuum" has received praise</a> both here and abroad for its clever storylines and interesting premise. Leading lady Rachel Nichols never fails to bring the kick-ass, either. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/25/continuum-renewed-for-sec_n_1830325.html" target="_blank">Season 2 starts up soon</a>.
This Irish-Canadian co-production has been turning heads since it premiered in March. While semi-similar to HBO's "Game Of Thrones," "Vikings" has a flavour all its own. It's sexy, fast-paced, and can be a bloody mess, but ultimately it's a story of a man's quest to secure a future for his family and bloodline.
Some of you may collectively moan and say, "Not another detective show!" We were in that same camp, but "Motive" has proven to be a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/01/kristin-lehman-motive-interview_n_2593460.html" target="_blank">different, innovative cop show</a>. The cases on the show work backwards, so you start off with the perp and try to figure out his or her motivations. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/10/motive-season-2-ctv-renewed_n_3254588.html" target="_blank">Season 2 is set to premiere in 2014</a>.
It's no joke when people say that Canada has the TV market cornered on sci-fi. Not only do we shoot numerous sci-fi shows in this country, but we make some damn good ones. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/defiance-review_b_3082390.html" target="_blank">"Defiance" was a critical surprise</a> and was renewed for a second season almost immediately after Season 1 started. Shot in Toronto, "Defiance" is a perfect illustration of what can be done with the right budget and creativity.
'The Real Housewives Of Vancouver'
This picture says it all, doesn't it? Season 2 of "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/real-housewives-of-vancouver" target="_blank">The Real Housewives Of Vancouver</a>" pulled out all the stops and, frankly, got really, really ugly. It all came to a head in the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/jesse-ferreras/real-housewives-of-vancouver-season-2-finale-recap_b_3041919.html" target="_blank">vicious finale</a>, enough to the point that we didn't even get a reunion special. OUCH. Currently, there are no plans for a Season 3 of "RHOV." (Though a little bird told us a "Real Housewives Of Toronto" may be in the works.)
'Top Chef Canada,' 'Chopped Canada,' 'MasterChef Canada'
So ... many ... cooking competition shows. In 2013, Canada produced so many cooking shows we can't even keep them straight. "Chopped Canada" is set to start in the first week of 2014, and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/19/masterchef-canada_n_3952909.html" target="_blank">"MasterChef Canada" is following suit</a>. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/22/top-chef-canada_n_2742988.html" target="_blank">"Top Chef Canada" finished up its third season</a> this year. Let's hope our nation doesn't take these shows <em>too</em> seriously -- we don't want an obesity epidemic on our hands!
Canada's first big foray into the world of daytime talk show panels has been a pretty big success. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/01/the-social-tv-talk-show_n_3844827.html" target="_blank">"The Social"</a> is talked about, debated and watched by people across the country.
'The Bachelor Canada'
Awwwww, look at the lovely couple! Brad and Bianca, the first-ever "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/bachelor-canada/" target="_blank">Bachelor Canada</a>" pairing, are apparently still going strong. City recently announced that a second season is in the works, and they're <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/21/bachelor-canada-season-2-contestant-call_n_4317222.html" target="_blank">casting men <em>and</em> women</a>. This should be interesting.