The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television hosted the  Canadian Screen Awards 2016 during the Canadian Screen Week from March 7th to March 13th. The week included events like the CSA Television and Digital Media Galas 1 and 2, Academy Talks, #AcademySocial, Behind the Screens Industry Forum, Fanzone Meet the Stars Event and the two-hour live broadcast of Canadian Screen Awards Gala 3.

The awards started in 1949 as the Canadian Film Awards and later became the Genie Awards (film) and Gemini Awards (television). In 2012, the Genie and Gemini Awards merged to become the Canadian Screen Awards. Fast forward to today the CSA honour talents in film, television, and now digital media.

The Canadian Screen Awards Television and Digital Media Gala 1 was hosted by the hilarious actor and comedian, Sean Cullen. At the gala, Helga Stephenson, (CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television) spoke to the audience about the scope of the awards involving 300 categories, 400 jurors, and 1500 nominees. The gala had a performance by the children’s choir of the Regent Park School of Music. Musician George St. Kitt orchestrated the CSA house band.

Gala 1 & 2

Gala 1 honoured news, sports, reality and all non-fiction categories.

Here some of the winners in the various categories:

News
Best National Newscast- CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme
Best National News Anchor- Ian Hanomansing
Best Local Newscast- CTV News Vancouver at 6
Best Local News Anchor- Andrew Chang
Best Editorial Research-The Fifth Estate
Best News or Information Program- CBC News: Marketplace
Best News or Information Segment- W5: Hands of God
Best News or Information Series-16×9

Lifestyle and Reality
Best Lifestyle Program or Series – Income Property
Best Talk Program or Series – The Marilyn Denis Show
Best Reality / Competition Program or Series- The Amazing Race Canada
Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series- Survivorman
Best Live Entertainment Special- The Juno Awards 2015

Documentary
Best Documentary Program – SOL
Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series -Balletlujah

Sports
Best Live Sports Event- 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Best Sports Program or Series- Defector
Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or Series-2015 IIHF World Junior Gold Medal Game analysts
Ray Ferraro and Bob McKenzie
Best Sports Host in a Sports Program/Series- 2015 Pan Am Games, Pan AM Afternoon host Andi Petrill
Best Sports Play by Play Announcer- 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup announcer Luke Wileman

Gala 2 honoured drama, children’s, comedy and variety shows. It was hosted by comedian Steve Patterson.

Special awards were given to Ivan Fecan (Board of Director’s Tribute), Wendy Crewson (Earle Grey Award), Karen Walton (Margaret Collier Award), Ana Serrano (Digital Media Trailblazing Award), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (Academy Icon Award) and PAL Canada (Humanitarian Award)

Book of Negroes, Orphan Black, Schitt’s Creek, Rick Mercer Report and Degrassi won many of the awards including:

Book of Negroes
Best Costume Design
Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction
Best Direction in a Dramatic Program / Limited Series – Clement Virgo
Best Original Music Score for a Program
Best Production Design / Art Direction in a Fiction Program / Series
Best Writing in a Dramatic Program / Limited Series
Best Sound in a Comedy / Dramatic Program / Series
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program / Limited Series- Aunjanue Ellis
Best Performance of an Actress’ Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program / Series- Shailyn Pierre-Dixon
Best Performance by an Actor’s Leading Role in a Dramatic Program / Limited Series- Lyric Bent
Best Original Music Score for a Program

Orphan Black
Best Achievement in Make-Up
Best Original Music Score for a Series
Best Photography in a Dramatic Series / Program
Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series / Program
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series

Schitt’s Creek
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting or Guest Role in a Comedic Series – Chris Elliott
Best Direction in a Comedy Program / Series – Paul Fox
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting / Guest Role in a Comedic Series – Emily Hampshire
Best Photography in a Comedy Program / Series
Best Picture Editing in a Comedy Program / Series
Best Writing in a Comedy Program / Series – Daniel Levy

Rick Mercer Report
Best Writing in a Sketch Comedy or Variety Program or Series
Best Sketch Comedy or Variety Program or Series
Best Picture Editing in a Sketch Comedy or Variety Program or Series

Degrassi
Best Children’s / Youth Fiction Program / Series
Best Direction in a Children’s / Youth Program / Series
Best Writing in a Children’s / Youth Program / Series
Best Performance in a Children’s / Youth Program / Series – Aislinn Paul

Other winners included 19-2 – Best Direction in a Dramatic Series, Jon Montgomery of The Amazing Race Canada – Best Host in a Variety/Lifestyle/Reality/Competition Series, Carmilla – Best Fiction Digital Media Program/Series, Torben Liebrecht of X Company – Best Performance by an Actor’s Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program / Series, Christine Horne of Remedy – Best Performance in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series, Vikings – Best Visual Effect, and King Lear – Best Performing Arts Program

The Academy Social 2016

#AcademySocial was held for the third year and honoured social media and digital innovators. The awards were hosted by Jus Reign (Jasmeet Singh) – Much Digital Creator/YouTube Influencer and Much and eTalk Daily Host, Liz Trinnear.

Some of the winners of the evening were “Voice Pioneer” Casie Stewart – 23.8K Twitter followers and “Breadth of Voice” Jus Reign – 191K Twitter followers

Guests had the chance to reenact Drake’s Hotline Bling video in the Much digital booth. There was also a live tattoo artist working art on attendees.

The cast of the YouTube web series and CSA winner “Carmilla” were in attendance at this year’s #AcademySocial along with Film & TV Actress, Naomi Snieckus (Mr.D).

Gala 3 (Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala)

Gala 3, which took place on the last day f the Canadian Screen Week at the CBC, was the 2016 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS‘ live broadcast gala and was hosted by comedian Norm Macdonald (one of Canada’s funniest comics). During the two-hour broadcast, 39 CSAs were given out.

Among the presenters of the awards that evening were the adorable Jacob Tremblay, Donald Sutherland & Rossif Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, Emily Vancamp, Joe Mimran, Giacomo Gianniotti, Aunjanue Ellis, Stephan James, Brittany LeBorgne, Shailyn Pierre Dixon, Wendy Crewson, and the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Eugene Levy gave a touching tribute to his lifelong friend, Martin Short and presented Short with the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.

Special Golden Screen Awards were given to Corner Gas: The Movie for TV Drama / Comedy, Amazing Race Canada for TV Reality Show, and Snowtime! for Feature Film. Murdoch Mysteries’ Yannick Bisson won the Fan’s Choice Award and was very gracious in his speech.

Here are some of the winners who were awarded for their outstanding performance in the “Television and Film” category:

TELEVISION

Schitt’s Creek brought home a few awards including the “Best Comedy Series”, Eugene Levy’s “Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role”, and Catherine O’Hara’s “Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role”.

canadian screen awards2016 winner schitt's creek crew
Schitt’s Creek crew (Canadian Screen Awards 2016 Best Comedy Series winner)

19-2 won the “Best Dramatic Series” and Vikings was named the “Best International Drama”.

The Orphan Black crew also earned a couple of awards with Ari Millen and Tatiana Maslany’s best performances in their continuing leading dramatic roles.

The Book of Negroes took the “Best TV Movie or Limited Series” award and Sunnyside was recognized for its best performance in the variety or sketch comedy shows category.

FILM

ROOM was given the “Best Motion Picture” award and was rewarded for several things including Emma Donoghue’s adapted screenplay, its achievements in direction (Lenny Abrahamson), art direction, editing and makeup. Performances by Brie Larson (leading role actress), Jacob Tremblay (leading role actor), and Joan Allen (supporting role) also added a few more.

Other winners included Hurt (Best Feature Length Documentary), Sleeping Giant for Nick Serino’s best performance (supporting role actor), Remember for its best original screenplay, Brooklyn for its achievements in cinematography
and music (Original Score), and Hyena Road for its achievements in visual effects, sound editing and overall sound.

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