The Gabrielle crew celebrates their awards (Photo: Fred Thornhill/Canadian Press)
Last night, Canada's film and TV industry put on its Sunday best for the broadcast gala of the second annual Canadian Screen Awards. Plenty of guests and friends of the show were nominated, and plenty took home some hardware too.
The big winner of the night on the film side was Gabrielle, Louise Archambault's coming-of-age drama, which took home the award for Best Motion Picture. The other nominees in the category were Le Démantèlement, Empire Of Dirt, Enemy, The F Word, The Grand Seduction, Maïna and Tom à la Ferme. Earlier this season, George spoke with Archambault at the late show desk about Gabrielle.
Gabrielle star Gabrielle Marion-Rivard also won the award for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of a young woman with the rare neurodevelopmental disorder Williams Syndrome (which Marion-Rivard has).
The Achievement in Direction award, which George co-presented with upcoming red chair guest Jessica Paré, went to Denis Villeneuve for his new film Enemy, which stars yet another recent red chair guest, Jake Gyllenhaal. Here's Villeneuve talking with George about his two latest films, Enemy and Prisoners.
Enemy also picked up the award for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Sarah Gadon, who spoke with George last year about working on a pair of David Cronenberg films, A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis (Cronenberg, a former guest, was also honoured with a lifetime achievement award last night).
On the TV side, Orphan Black won big across the board, taking the award for Best Dramatic Series and Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Leading Role for the show's star Tatiana Maslany, who'll be making an appearance in the red chair later this season. The show also won eight other awards last week.
Call Me Fitz, which stars Jason Priestley as a used-car salesman, won Best Comedy Series, and Priestley himself took the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedic Leading Role. He recently spoke with George on stage at the Whistler Film Festival about his feature directorial debut, Cas & Dylan, and was in the red chair a couple of seasons ago talking about Call Me Fitz.
For the second year in a row, the CSA for Best Reality/Competiton Series went to CBC's Dragons' Den. George spoke with one of the Dragons, Arlene Dickinson, earlier this season, about the show and her new book All In.
Other notable TV awards included: Best Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Leading Role for Flashpoint's Hugh Dillon; Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedic Leading Role for Call Me Fitz's Tracy Dawson; Best Host for a Variety or Talk Program for Michael Bublé's hosting of The 2013 Juno Awards; and Best National News Anchor for CTV's Lisa LaFlamme.
And other big film awards included: Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Gabriel Arcand for Le Demantelement; Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role to Gordon Pinsent for The Grand Seduction; and Best Feature-Length Documentary to Watermark.
For a full list of this year's winners, head over to the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television website [pdf], and you can relive all of last night's fun in the video below of the awards show broadcast: