Sci-fi series Orphan Black, TV comedy Less Than Kind and Denis Villeneuve's psychological thriller Enemy are among the top nominees for the Canadian Screen Awards.
Organizers unveiled film, television and digital media contenders in dozens of categories at a packed press event in Toronto today.
“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, which we will celebrate during Canadian Screen Week from March 3-9," said Martin Katz, chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Orphan Black is among the front-runners, picking up 14 nominations overall, including best dramatic series and lead actress in a continuing dramatic role for Tatiana Maslany. Regina-born Maslany, who was also a Golden Globe nominee for her Orphan Black role, earned a second lead actress nod in the CSA film categories for Cas & Dylan.
Dysfunctional family sitcom Less Than Kind wasn't far behind with its 12 nominations, with nods for its actors, writing and directing.
Other leading TV nominees include:
- Rookie Blue.
- Call Me Fitz.
- The Borgias.
- CBC News: The National.
- CTV News.
- Bomb Girls.
- Global News.
- CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
- The Juno Awards 2013.
Based on José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, Enemy earned 10 nominations, including best film, best director for Villeneuve and acting nods for Jake Gyllenhaal and Sarah Gadon.
Other leading film nominees include:
- Tom à la Ferme.
- The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
- The Dismantlement.
- Empire of Dirt.
- The F-Word.
Katz also revealed The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as the winner of the 2013 Golden Reel Award, which celebrates the homegrown film with the biggest Canadian box office. The film grossed more than $5.2 million in Canada and the win marks an eighth Golden Reel crown for producer Don Carmondy.
Awarded for the first time in 2013, the fledgling, omnibus Canadian Screen Awards combine the previously separate Genie Awards (the Canadian honour for English- and French-language films) and Gemini Awards (Canada's prize for English- and French-language TV and digital programming).
This year's awards will conclude Canadian Screen Week, seven days of industry conferences, celebrations and events running March 3-9. The televised CSA gala will air on March 9 from Toronto's Sony Centre for the Arts, with Canadian funnyman Martin Short returning as host. The show will be broadcast on CBC-TV.
Selected nominees for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards:
- Best dramatic series: Blackstone; Bomb Girls, Flashpoint; Motive; Orphan Black.
- Comedy program/series: Call Me Fitz; Gavin Crawford's Wild West; Mr. D; Seed; Tiny Plastic Men.
- Reality competition program/series: Canada's Greatest Know-It-All; Canada's Handyman Challenge; Dragons' Den; Intervention Canada; Top Chef Canada.
- Children's or youth fiction program/series: ALIVE; Degrassi; Life With Boys; Mr. Young; The Next Step.
- Documentary program: The Defector: Escape from North Korea; The Gimli Glider: 30 Years Later; Hockey Migrations; Ice, Sweat and Tears; West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson.
- Documentary series: Alex Tagliani: The Man, the Athlete; The Beat; Engraved on a Nation; Ice Pilots NWT.
- Dramatic miniseries or TV movie: Borealis; The Horses of McBride; Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story; Time of Death.
- International drama: The Borgias; Vikings; World Without End.
- Local newscast: CBC News: Nova Scotia at Six; CBC News: Toronto; Citynews at Six; CTV News Toronto at 6; Global News Calgary.
- Music program/series: 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards; CMT Presents Dean Brody; God's Greatest Hits; Juno Awards 2013; Much Presents: We Day 2012.
- National newscast: CBC News: The National; CTV National News; Global National.
- News information series: 16x9; CBC News: the fifth estate; CBC News: Marketplace; W5.
- Sports program/series: 4 Days in April: The Mike Weir Story; 100 Grey Cup Pre-Game; MLB Central.
- Variety/sketch comedy program/series: 20th Annual Indspire Awards; Funny as Hell; Just for Laughs All Access: The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala; Rick Mercer Report; This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
- Host/interviewer, news information program/series: Peter Mansbridge, Mansbridge One on One; Erica Johnson, Marketplace; Evan Solomon, CBC News: Power & Politics; Victor Malarek, W5; Peter Keleghan, The War of 1812: Been There, Won That.
- News anchor, local: Anne-Marie Mediwake, CBC News: Toronto; Janet Stewart, CBC News: Winnipeg; Ken Shaw, CTV News Toronto; Leslie Roberts, Global News Toronto.
- News anchor, national: Peter Mansbridge, CBC News: The National; Lisa Laflamme, CTV National News; Dawna Friesen, Global National.
- Host in a sports program/series: Ron Maclean, Calgary Stampede 2013; James Duthie, NHL Season Brink: Game On; Rod Smith, Sportscentre.
- Lead actor, comedy: Jason Priestly, Call Me Fitz; Gavin Crawford, Gavin Crawford's Wild West; Jesse Camacho, Less Than Kind; Gerry Dee, Mr. D; Ron James, The Ron James Show.
- Lead actress, comedy: Tracy Dawson, Call Me Fitz; Nancy Sorel, Less Than Kind; Wendel Meldrum, Less Than Kind; Carrie-Lynn Neales, Seed.
- Lead actor, drama: Sam Huntington, Being Human; François Arnaud, The Borgias; David Sutcliffe, Cracked; Hugh Dillon, Flashpoint; Ben Bass, Rookie Blue.
- Lead actress, drama: Michelle Thrush, Blackstone; Meg Tilly, Bomb Girls; Hélène Joy, Murdoch Mysteries; Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black; Katheryn Winnick, Vikings.
- Best film: Le Démantèlement (The Dismantlement); Empire of Dirt; Enemy; The F-Word; Gabrielle; The Grand Seduction; Maïna, Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm).
- Direction: Sébastien Pilote, Le Démantèlement; Denis Villeneuve, Enemy; Michael Dowse, The F-Word; Xavier Dolan, Tom à la ferme; Pedro Pires and Robert Lepage, Triptyque.
- Feature-length documentary: Hi-Ho Mistahey; My Prairie Home; People of a Feather; Vanishing Point; Watermark.
- Lead actor: Gabriel Arcand, Le Démantèlement; Jake Gyllenhaal, Enemy; Daniel Radcliffe, The F-Word; Brendan Gleeson, The Grand Seduction; Rajesh Tailang, Siddharth.
- Lead actress: Tatiana Maslany, Cas & Dylan; Cara Gee, Empire of Dirt; Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, Gabrielle; Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, Rhymes for Young Ghouls; Isabelle Guérard, Rouge Sang.
- Supporting actress: Florence Blain, L'autre maison; Jennifer Podemski, Empire of Dirt; Sarah Gadon, Enemy; Mackenzie Davis, The F-Word; Evelyne Brochu, Tom à la ferme.
- Supporting actor: Jay Baruchel, The Art of the Steal; Alexandre Landry, Gabrielle; Gordon Pinsent, The Grand Seduction; Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Tom à la ferme, Marc Labrèche, Whitewash.
- Cross-platform project, fiction: Arctic Air Extended Season Finale; Continuum Interactive; Murdoch Mysteries: Nightmare on Queen St.; The Republic of Doyle Ride-Along App.
- Cross-platform project, non-fiction: The Amazing Race Canada Interactive; Big Brother Canada; Hockey Night in Canada: 2nd Screen; Perfect Storms Interactive; Over the Rainbow.
- Original series, fiction: Everyone's Famous; Letterkenny Problems; Space Janitors; The True Heroines; Versus Valerie.
- Original series, non-fiction: Burgundy Jazz; CBC Music Presents: The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions; Grow Inc.; Indie Game: Special Edition; The Real Backpackers.
- Original interactive production: CBCNews.ca: Stashing Their Cash - How the Rich Hide Money; The Loxleys and the War of 1812; NFB Space School; Ruby Skye P.I.
- Performance in a program/series: Dillon Casey, Backpackers; Pat Thornton, Everyone's Famous; Katie Boland, Long Story Short; Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue: In Session; Gregory Smith, Rookie Blue: In Session.