(February 4, 2015 – Toronto, ON) Pompeii, the historical drama set in 79 AD and stars Kiefer Sutherland as a corrupt Roman Senator has won the first ever Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film. The announcement was made this morning by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Along with the annoncement of two other Golden Screen Award categories.
Known previously as the Golden Reel Award, the honour is given annually to the Canadian film that earns the highest domestic box office of its year. Pompeii grossed over $4 million in Canada in 2014, and triggered producer Don Carmody`s ninth win of this award. Previously, he took the title for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2014), Resident Evil: Retribution (2013), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), The Art of War (2000), Johnny Mnemonic (1996), Porky’s (1983) and Meatballs (1980).
“Pompeii represents his ninth win of the Academy’s top box office prize so we are especially delighted to present the newly named Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film to Don Carmody for Pompeii this year. The Academy also extends sincere congratulations to Pompeii`s Canadian distributor, Entertainment One, on this success,” said Academy Chair Martin Katz.
The name change to Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film reflects the expanded scope of the Academy, as do the newly minted Golden Screen Award for TV Drama / Comedy and the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show.
“Once again, the Academy is taking steps to increase the relevance of the Canadian Screen Awards to Canadian viewers with this important acknowledgement,” said Academy CEO Helga Stephenson. “Fans across the country love these series, these stories and characters in a big way, and the Academy is proud to recognize them. Congratulations to all of the finalists.”
Based on data provided by Numeris (BBM Canada), these are the Top-Rated 5 programs in each genre for the 2013-2014 broadcast year:
The Golden Screen Award for TV Drama / Comedy Finalists are:
THE LISTENER – CTV (Bell Media) (Shaftesbury) Using his intuitive powers and enhanced policing skills, telepath Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) faces new professional and personal challenges as he helps solve crimes with the Integrated Investigative Bureau .
MOTIVE – CTV (Bell Media) (Foundation Features and Lark Productions) Each episode of MOTIVE begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whydunit,”a question faced by spirited female Vancouver homicide detective Angie Flynn as she begins to piece together the clues from the crime.
MURDOCH MYSTERIES – CBC (CBC) (Shaftesbury) Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century during the age of invention, Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour drama centred on Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), the methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve gruesome murders.
ROOKIE BLUE – Global (Shaw Media) (Entertainment One Television International) After the bullet wounds and trauma of last season, life at 15 Division goes on for young cops, Andy, Sam. Chloe and Nick. Andy and Sam reunite and she`s tasked with training a challenging new rookie, under the watchful eye of a tough inspector.
SAVING HOPE – CTV (Bell Media) (ICF Films and Entertainment One) Pulse-pounding surgeries, adrenaline-fueled breakthroughs and sultry romances force the doctors of Hope Zion to navigate unchartered waters. Alex faces doubts over her abilities as a surgeon and the men in her life. Charlie discovers mind-challenging medical miracles and Joel battles his inner demons as he treats patients on the streets.
The Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show Finalists are:
THE AMAZING RACE CANADA- CTV (Bell Media) (Insight Production Company Ltd.) THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is a skills-based competition show in which two-person teams, who have a pre-existing personal relationship, race against other teams. Competitors strive to arrive first at “pit stops” at the end of each leg. The first team to the final pit stop wins the grand prize.
BATTLE OF THE BLADES – CBC (CBC) (Insight Production Company Ltd.) Battle of the Blades is an original Canadian series that pairs NHL hockey greats with elite female figure skaters for an elimination style weekly competition. The pairs compete in figure skating performances judged by an expert panel that offer comments and marks for each performance. These marks are combined with the television audience votes to determine the winner.
BIG BROTHER CANADA – Slice (Shaw Media) (Insight Production Company Ltd.) BIG BROTHER CANADA follows a group of strangers who live together in a house that records their every move, 24 hours a day. Each week they compete in challenges and one by one, vote each other out. Last house guest that remains wins the grand prize as voted by a jury.
DRAGON’S DEN – CBC (CBC) (CBC) Launching a business is no small task. No matter how big an idea you think you have, it still takes a lot of work and a ton of cash. Enter the Dragons’ Den, where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls who have the cash and the know-how to make it happen.
MASTERCHEF CANADA – CTV (Bell Media) (Proper Television) Canada’s Top 50 home cooks begin their quest to become the first ever MASTERCHEF CANADA and win a $100,000.00 prize. The home cooks will have to show off their cooking skills in intense culinary challenges in order to impress the judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung.
The star of Pompeii, Kiefer Sutherland will be a presenter on the live Canadian Screen Awards broadcast on CBC on March 1, 8pm (8:30 NT).