Canadian Screen Awards Gala @ the Sony Centre (Sun. Mar. 31, 2019)

photography by A.J. Lam
interviews by Jesse Read
videography by Shannen Johnston

It was a whirlwind week and the biggest week of celebration in Canadian cinema and television.This year, Canadian Screen Week featured  five galas honouring the best in Canada’s television, film, and digital industries. The Canadian Screen Awards celebrates media & entertainment in four distinct categories; The CTV Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming, the CTV Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling, the Gala Honouring Digital Storytelling co-presented by CBC Gem and the Independent Production Fund, and finally the Gala Honouring Cinematic Arts. The week-long festivities culminated with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala, live on CBC .

Anne with an E won 7 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Drama Series, tied with Cardinal: Blackfly Season for most 2019 Canadian Screen Awards

Schitt’s Creek won Best Comedy Series
Catherine O’Hara won her fourth consecutive Canadian Screen Award, joining Emily Hampshire as the first comedic actresses to make the achievement in the history of the Canadian Academy

A Colony | Une colonie wins Best Motion Picture
The  2019 Canadian Screen Week concluded its festivities with the biggest night of celebration at the Canadian Screen Awards: Broadcast Gala. The awards show was broadcast live from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on CBC.

A total of 20 awards were presented to Canada’s best screen talent throughout the evening, with highlights including:

Best Drama Series – Anne with an E
Best Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek
Best Motion Picture – A Colony | Une colonie
Achievement in Direction – Jasmin Mozaffari (Firecrackers)
Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary, presented by Rogers Group of Funds – Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Best Reality/Competition Program or Series – The Amazing Race Canada
During the evenings awards show, Stephan James was recognized with the inaugural Radius Award, presented by MADE | NOUS, which was presented by his brother, Shamier Anderson. The Kids in the Hall received the Academy Icon Award, presented by Eric McCormack. The Academy honoured Mary Walsh with the Earle Grey Award, presented by Jonny Harris and Susan Kent. Deepa Mehta received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dominique Provost-Chalkley was named the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award winner, presented during the live show by two past winners, CARMILLA stars Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis. 7,752,418 votes were cast to determine the winner of this award.

“It’s been a fantastic week embracing and celebrating homegrown talent, and their ability to engage audiences,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “As another Canadian Screen Week comes to an end, we are proud of the unique opportunity we have to introduce incredible Canadian film and television to a broader audience. The Canadian Screen Awards puts a spotlight on the talented content creators and storytellers in our own backyard and on the world stage.”

2019 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS FILM WINNERS

Best Motion Picture
A Colony | Une colonie – Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Théodore Pellerin – Family First | Chien de garde

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Émilie Bierre – A Colony | Une colonie

Achievement in Direction
Jasmin Mozaffari – Firecrackers

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary
Sponsor | Rogers Group of Funds
|Anthropocene: The Human Epoch – Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky

2019 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS TELEVISION WINNERS

Best Comedy Series
Schitt’s Creek
CBC (CBC)
(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)
Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, Ben Feigin

Best Drama Series
Anne with an E
CBC (CBC)
(Northwood Entertainment)
Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-Beckett

Best Reality/Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada
CTV (Bell Media)
(Insight Productions)
John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Catherine Petersen

Best Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited Series
Cardinal: Blackfly Season
CTV (Bell Media)
(Cardinal Blackfly Productions Inc.)
Billy Campbell

Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series
Cardinal: Blackfly Season
CTV (Bell Media)
(Cardinal Blackfly Productions Inc.)
Karine Vanasse

Best Lead Actor, Comedy
Letterkenny
Crave (Bell Media)
(New Metric Media)
Jared Keeso

Best Lead Actress, Comedy
Schitt’s Creek
CBC (CBC)
(Not A Real Company Productions, Inc.)
Catherine O’Hara

Best Lead Actor, Drama Series
Bad Blood
City (Rogers Media)
(New Metric Media, Sphere Media Plus Inc.)
Kim Coates

Best Lead Actress, Drama Series
Anne with an E
CBC (CBC)
(Northwood Entertainment)
Amybeth McNulty

Best Writing, Comedy
Letterkenny – Letterkenny Spelling Bee
Crave (Bell Media)
(New Metric Media)
Jared Keeso, Jacob Tierney

SPECIAL AWARDS CATEGORIES

Academy Icon Award
The Kids in the Hall

Lifetime Achievement Award
Deepa Mehta

Earle Grey Award
Mary Walsh

Radius Award
Presented by MADE | NOUS
Stephan James

Visit www.academy.ca to view the full list of winners from the Gala event.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY OF CANADIAN CINEMA & TELEVISION

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors.

Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion, and mentorship.

The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live.

We would like to thank Melissa Prince & Sandy Caetano of National PR for the invitation to this event.