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War Witch Cleans Up At The Canadian Screen Awards & George Wins Best Talk Show Host
March 4, 2013
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If you didn't catch the Canadian Screen Awards last night, it was a big night for War Witch and for some of the best here at the CBC.

War Witch - written and directed by Montreal's Kim Nguyen - pretty much owned the night winning 10 awards (out of 12 nominations).

The film - about a young girl who's forced to become a child soldier - won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Lead Actress for Rachel Mwanza, the film's teenage star.

She was living on the streets of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo when she was cast in the film, having never acted before. Her co-star Serge Kanyinda won best supporting actor.

Mwanza accepted both awards and thanked a list of people in French, including "all the Congolese... I share this with all of the children of the street," she said.


As for the CBC, our man George was named best host in a variety, lifestyle, reality, performing arts or talk program for George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.

It's the 7th time George has won that award.


Other CBC winners included:

Peter Mansbridge - best news anchor for CBC News The National
Dragon's Den - best reality/competition show
Gerry Dee - best actor in a comedy series for his sitcom Mr. D.

Also in the television categories, Flashpoint was named Best Dramatic Series and Less Than Kind won for Best Comedy Program/Series.

In the film categories, Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children won two awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Salman Rushdie's acclaimed novel.

David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis picked up two music awards for composer Howard Shore and Quebec's Xavier Dolan's film Laurence Anyways won two costume awards.

The Best Actor in a Leading Role went to James Cromwell for the film Still Mine.


You can see the full list of last night's winners right here.

And here are a few photos George took.

George & Meg Tilly giving the thumbs up for Gerry Dee's win for best actor in a comedy series. Meg won Best Lead Actress in a Dramatic TV Role for Bomb Girls.

Hanging out with Heartland's Amber Marshall

With Flashpoint's Enrico Colantoni and his wife Rosanna.

You can see more photos from the red carpet event here, which was co-hosted by one of our panelists Naomi Snieckus of Mr. D. (below with the CBC's Eli Glasner)


Plus, there are lots of videos including host Martin Short's opening monologue and song at CBC Live.

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