Award season seems to be in full swing with The Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards recently being handed out and Oscar nominations just being announced. Now it’s Canada’s turn and Tuesday morning saw the announcement of the 2016 Canadian Screen Award nominations.
In similar fashion to the Globes, the CSAs cover a wide variety of categories from television, film and multimedia and their aim is to celebrate great Canadian work. The nominees were announced by Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes, Rookie Blue) and Aislinn Paul (Degrassi, Heroes Reborn) and the primary awards will be presented live on March 13 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC. The televised ceremony will be hosted by comic Norm Macdonald and will see Martin Short receive a lifetime achievement award.
While it’s nice that the CSAs try to be as inclusive as possible, it also means that there are so many awards that they need to hand them out over an entire week. We won’t even get started on the insanely long name of each award’s title that had Bent and Paul tongue-tied more than once while announcing the nominees (a list of TV-related categories can be seen below). But now that the announcements have been made here a few snap judgements based on what I liked and didn’t like about the CSA nominations.
Like: Lots of Love for Schitt’s Creek
There was a ton of CSA love thrown Schitt’s Creek’s way on Tuesday morning and it’s well-deserved. After all, the CBC comedy recently finished in second place when we asked Canadian Critics to name the best Canadian TV shows of 2015. I was glad to see not only the four main cast members rewarded with nominations, but also supporting nods for Elliott, Hampshire and Robertson. The second season of this comedy is underway, and if you haven’t done so already make sure to tune in Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on CBC.
Dislike: No love for Lost Girl
The fan favorite drama was completely shut out in its last year on the air. Not a very fond faewell in my opinion. That’s right, there was absolutely no love for Anna Silk, Zoie Palmer, Ksenia Solo or Kris Holden-Reid. While I did have some concerns with the storylines during the show’s final season, it seems like a series that connected so well with so many fans deserved a bit of a better send off.
Like: Good representation for 19-2
After wrongfully, at least in my opinion, shutting Adrian Holmes out of the leading actor category last year, the CSAs have righted that ship and gave both Holmes and Keeso leading nods. It was also great to see nominations go to other cast members including Ramsay, Pla and Leboeuf, as well as an overall dramatic series nomination. Add these to the long list of reasons why The TV Junkies are looking forward to the Bravo cop drama’s return for Season 3 this spring.
Dislike: No Series Nomination for Orphan Black?
While stars Maslany, Millen and Doyle Kennedy were all nominated for the acting categories, Orphan Black was shut out in the Best Dramatic Series category. That’s quite surprising given that the show is regularly touted as one of Canada’s signature shows. Count us here at The TV Junkies just as shocked as everyone else since it finished number one for the second year in a row on our annual Canadian Critics’ list.
Like: X Company Baddie receives love
Having greatly enjoyed X Company’s first season–and eagerly awaiting Season 2 which starts on CBC on Jan. 27–I was thrilled to see the WWII spy drama nominated for Best Dramatic Series. It’s also great to see Mark Ellis, Stephanie Morgenstern and their writing team get some well-deserved praise for the show’s strong and smart freshman season. However, out of all the love thrown X Company’s way, I think I was most thrilled to see bad guy Torben Liebrecht nominated in the Supporting Actor category. Liebrecht regularly struck fear into viewers during Season 1 and I think it’s pretty safe to assume we’re all fearful of what Franz Faber will be up to in Season 2. Liebrecht is definitely an actor that makes being bad look good.
Like: Rookie Leads get nominated
After leading up Rookie Blue for six seasons, it was nice to see both Ben Bass and Missy Peregrym nominated for their efforts. McSwarek was front and center during the show’s final season on the air and the nominations for both Bass and Peregrym are a great send off to a show that has been a hit for many years on Global.
Dislike: No overall show nod for Rookie
However, t’s hard to believe there was no overall show nomination for Rookie Blue. The show’s final season was strong, emotional and certainly went out on top after McSwarek finally got married, leaving me confused as to why it was left out by the Academy. While we’re at it, where was the love for Charlotte Sullivan in the supporting actress category? She regularly turned in complicated and nuanced performances in a difficult season that saw Gail Peck struggle to adopt and deal with the fallout of her brother’s involvement in the corruption scandal.
Like: Saving Hope’s nominations
It was great to see both Saving Hope and Julia Taylor Ross recognized in the nominations. Many questioned what the show would do after Daniel Gillies’ departure and how that would affect storylines, but in my opinion Saving Hope has done nothing but thrive from that loss. By no longer having to focus on the central love triangle, many of Saving Hope’s supporting cast has been allowed to shine–none more so than Taylor Ross and it’s nice to see the Academy has recognized that as well.
Canadian Screen Awards Television Nominees
Best Dramatic Series
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Dramatic Role
Adrian Holmes, 19-2
Jared Keeso, 19-2
Ari Millen, Orphan Black
Ben Bass, Rookie Blue
Aaron Poole, Strange Empire
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role
Kristin Lehman, Motive
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Megan Follows, Reign
Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue
Jennie Raymond, Sex & Violence
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Bruce Ramsay, 19-2
Callum Dunphy, Sex & Violence
Woody Jeffreys, Strange Empire
Torben Liebrecht, X Company
Conrad Pla, 19-2
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series
Laurence LeBoeuf, 19-2
Shailyn Pierre-Dixon, The Book of Negroes
Maria Doyle Kennedy, Orphan Black
Julia Taylor Ross, Saving Hope
Martha Burns, Remedy
Best Comedy Series
Tiny Plastic Men
Young Drunk Punk
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Gerry Dee, Mr. D
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Dave Foley, Spun Out
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Brittany LeBorgne, Mohawk Girls
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Belinda Cornish, Tiny Plastic Men
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic or Series
Mark Little, Mr. D
Darrin Rose, Mr. D
Chris Elliott, Schitt’s Creek
Al Mukadam, Spun Out
Atticus Mitchell, Young Drunk Punk
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic or Series
Bette MacDonald, Mr. D
Naomi Snieckus, Mr. D
Emily Hampshire, Schitt’s Creek
Jennifer Robertson, Schitt’s Creek
Tracy Ryan, Young Drunk Punk
Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series
Canada’s Walk of Fame 2014
Just for Laughs: All Access
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
Rick Mercer Report
The Second City Project
Best Reality/Competition Program or Series
The Amazing Race Canada
Big Brother Canada
Game of Homes
Best TV Movie or Limited Series
The Book of Negroes
Forget and Forgive
Best Animated Program or Series
Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
Max & Shred
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The Canadian Screen Awards air Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m. ET on CBC.