What an incredible couple of nights for CBC at the Canadian Screen Awards. In the first two award evenings, multiple CBCers took home awards (or Huggies as many are naming the statue) in news, sports, documentary, drama and comedy categories.
Coming up big at Wednesday night's awards - hosted by Steve Patterson of CBC Radio's The Debaters - included CBC News, The National and the fifth estate, all of which practically swept the news categories.
John Lancaster and Nil Köksal scored the win for Best Breaking Local Reportage, The National's Adrienne Arsenault won for Best Breaking National Reportage, Best Breaking News Coverage went to CBC News Now, The National claimed Best National News Cast and Best News Information Segment and the fifth estate walked away with Best News Information Series, Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series, and the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.
Another big win that night came for David Suzuki and The Nature of Things. David won Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information Program or Series and the show itself won Best Documentary Program or Series.
CBC continued it's winning streak the following night as Seamus O'Regan took over hosting duties for the awards presented in drama, comedy, children's or youth, and variety categories.
The Rick Mercer Report had much to celebrate after they walked away with the Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series and the Best Music, Variety, Sketch Comedy or Talk Program or Series. Rick also received individual acclaim with his win for Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series.
Perhaps one of the night's biggest winners came from the CBC film John A: A Birth of a Country. The film won for direction and writing, as well as best actor and supporting actor for Shawn Doyle and Peter Outerbridge respectively.
Former Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall received a very special award from the Academy when she was honored with Outstanding Artistic Contribution in Television & Film.
We had the chance to speak with Kim, as well as some of our own winners, during the two event nights.
For a full list of winners, head to the Canadian Screen Awards website.
Catch our our red carpet live stream show, which begins at 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 3rd, here on CBC Live and the Canadian Screen Awards show broadcast at 8:30 pm ET on CBC TV.