CATEGORIES MoviesThe first-ever Canadian Screen Award nominees were unveiled this morning at a jam-packed press conference at Toronto's Rosewater Room, with celebrity guests like Wendy Crewson ("Revenge"), Gerry Dee ("Mr. D") and legendary producer Don Carmody ("Goon") in attendance.
Actors Yannick Bisson ("Murdoch Mysteries") and Katie Boland ("The Listener") delivered a quick overview of leading nominees in the staggering 116 categories (22 film, 89 TV and 6 digital).
The Oscar-nominated French drama about a child soldier, "War Witch," (formerly "Rebelle") led the pack in the film categories, with 12 nominations including Best Motion Picture. "Laurence Anyways" followed closely behind with 10 nods, while Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children" racked up eight and the hockey flick "Goon" scored six.
On the television side, "Flashpoint" landed 11 nominations for its final season, including Best Dramatic Series. The acerbic HBO Canada show "Less Than Kind" earned 10 nods, while CBC's quirky comedy "Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays" landed eight.
Bisson was pleased to hear that his popular period crime show, "Murdoch Mysteries," earned a nomination in one of the digital categories, Best Cross-Platform Project Fiction, for its online feature 'The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs.' "A digital nod, that's good, because nobody watches TV on TV anymore," he quipped.
The Screen Awards were recently created by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and blend the Genies and Geminis together to honour film, television and digital media. The awards will be doled out at a ceremony hosted by iconic comedian Martin Short on March 3.
Complete lists of the nominees can be viewed on the Academy's site.
The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC on Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. EST.