Canadian Screen Awards 2016: Schitt's Creek, Orphan Black and Room win big

Schitt's Creek, Orphan Black and Room were the big winners at Sunday night's Canadian Screen Awards — or should we say 'The Candys?'

Host Norm Macdonald — with some support from 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay — renames awards 'The Candys'

Jacob Tremblay, winner of the best actor award for Room, walks the red carpet before the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Schitt's Creek, Orphan Black and Room were the big winners at Sunday night's Canadian Screen Awards — or  should we say "The Candys"?

Host Norm Macdonald introduced the idea of renaming the awards in honour of late Canadian comedian John Candy at the beginning of the show, and both presenters and recipients happily embraced the idea. 

Nine-year-old Jacob Tremblay, who later won Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie Room, was the first to adopt Macdonald's proposal as he presented the "Candy" for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role to Ari Millen of the television series Orphan Black.    

Room won nine awards in total Sunday night, including best actress for Brie Larson, who also won the Oscar in the same category last month. 

Emma Donoghue took home the Canadian Screen Award for best adapted screenplay and Joan Allen won for best supporting actress. The film also won best motion picture and achievement in directing, editing and makeup. 

CBC's Schitt's Creek dominated the television comedy category, winning best comedy series, best actor in a continuing leading comedic role (Eugene Levy), best actress in a continuing leading comedic role (Catherine O'Hara).

The series won six more Canadian Screen Awards earlier in the week, including best writing, best supporting actor and best supporting actress. 

The cast of Schitt's Creek strike a pose on the Canadian Screen Awards red carpet before the big show, where they would go on to win best comedy series. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Bell Media's Orphan Black won seven awards in the drama category throughout the week, including Tatiana Maslany's best actress trophy on Sunday.

Sunday's star-studded gala finished off a week of celebrating the past year's achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media. It was broadcast from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

Select winners at Sunday's Canadian Screen Awards gala:

  • Best actor in a TV comedy: Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek
  • Best actress in a TV comedy: Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek
  • Best actor in a TV drama: Ari Millen, Orphan Black
  • Best actress in a TV drama: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
  • Best TV movie or limited series: The Book of Negroes
  • Best comedy TV series: Schitt's Creek
  • Best dramatic TV series: 19-2
  • Best international drama: Vikings
  • Best adapted film screenplay: Emma Donoghue, Room
  • Best original film screenplay: Benjamin August, Remember
  • Best film actor: Jacob Tremblay, Room
  • Best film actress: Brie Larson, Room
  • Best feature documentary: Hurt
  • Best director: Lenny Abrahamson, Room
  • Best film: Room
      1 of 0

      With files from Canadian Press


      To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

      By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.