126 Canadian Screen Award nominations. What a way for CBC to kick off the inaugural award. CBC earned multiple nods for its programming on CBC Television, News Network, talent and digital content as announced this morning (Jan. 15) by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
"What a tremendous start to 2013," said Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president of English services. "And what a wonderful acknowledgment of the exceptional quality of our content on all our platforms, the strength of our production partnerships and the dedication of our employees."
Gerry Dee came up big at this morning's press conference. The star of Mr. D not only received a nomination for the show in the Best Comedy category, but Gerry himself has been honoured with a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Comedic Role. Check out what he - and the cast - had to say about the show (now in it's second season) and watch the episode that garnered his nomination; The Basketball Diaries:
CBC's Arctic Air, also in its second season, is up for the Best Drama award. Battling against the northern adventure series in the same category is Flashpoint, King, Bomb Girls and Continuum.
As far as the news categories are concerned, CBC News received a number of nominations, including six for The National and two for host Peter Mansbridge (Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information Program or Series and Best News Anchor).
Hockey Night In Canada also received nods with six in total including Hockey Night's Glenn Healy, Bob Cole and Jim Hughson receving nods for their talents on the program (which is about to begin its 60th season). Ron MacLean also earned a nod for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. In celebration of the return of Hockey Night, take a look at the team behind the program:
And speaking about hockey, CBC's Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story 2 also has cause to celebrate for its writing and acting (Jared Kesso). Check out Don, Ron and Jared talk about the film:
Nominations also went to CBC.ca in the digital media categories. Truth & Lies The Last Days of Osama bin Laden, Kidnapped: The Search for Graham McMynn and 8th Fire are nominated for Best Cross-Platform Project, while Exile Without End: Palestinians in Lebanon is nominated for Best Original Program for Digital Media in Non-Fiction.
Check out the full list of 2013 Canadian Screen Award Television and Digital Media nominees including all of the other CBC nods.