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A Writer’s Life & Award Shows

A Writer's Life & Award Shows

A Writer’s Life & Award Shows
by Jim Slotek

(April 2, 2018 – Toronto, ON) It is my dream to someday be a contestant on Jeopardy. Alas, that is unlikely, because I once had a gig writing jokes for Alex Trebek.

No, that isn’t some form of punishment by the production for being an enabler (as any Jeopardy fan knows, Alex is convinced, against all the video evidence, that he’s a funny guy). It’s simply a conflict of interest because I was a writer on the NHL Awards for three of its years in Toronto (it’s now produced in Las Vegas), and he was a host of one of those.

Though I continued to be a fulltime writer for the Toronto Sun at the time, I had what is these days called a “side hustle” as a writer of award shows. I did those three NHL Awards. I wrote a Gemini Awards (I was nominated for a writing Gemini while writing for the Geminis – Canadian showbiz can be quite a log-rolling exercise). I wrote the National Rock Awards (a national syndicated version of Toronto station Q-107’s Q Rock Awards). I did (and still do) write industry awards for Canadian Music Week.

That represents an awful lot of celebrity interaction, both Canadian and American. But it’s never been a prestige job. Canadian awards shows typically get roundly trashed in reviews. Perhaps no review has ever been as scathing as the Globe and Mail’s take, by TV critic John Doyle, on this year’s Canadian Screen Awards.

To wit: “smug, boring, long-winded and hopeless… unfunny, insipid, hopelessly earnest and amateurish…”


”Seriously, is it so hard to even find an outfit that fits the co-host of the big gala? (Murdoch Mysteries’) Jonny Harris spent the night in an ill-fitting, over-large white dinner jacket that looked like something he’d grabbed quickly at Value Village to wear to a cousin’s wedding at some banquet hall out on the highway.”


And all that’s only four paragraphs in.

The Junos, a few weeks later, received kinder reviews. There was warmth over the Barenaked Ladies’ reunion and the tribute to The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie. Host Michael Bublé even announced on live TV that he and his wife were having a baby. Only the flintiest heart would rain on that parade.

But in the ‘90s on the Geminis, the predictability of bad reviews was such that we even had a pre-written bit within the show where we visited the press room and got slammed while the show was happening. We got good laughs.

Still, my experiences working on Canadian awards shows were priceless. On those Geminis, I got to sit down with Mike Myers and Eugene Levy and collaborate on what they’d say as presenters. Wayne’s World had just come out to a bazillion dollars of box office, so we had Levy pretend he didn’t know about it. (“So, I haven’t seen you in a while, Mike. Ya workin’?”)

My best memory of Alex Trebek as an NHL Awards host was a bit I wrote for him and “player co-host” Doug Gilmour, where Alex asks mid-show how he likes co-hosting. “It’s like playing,” sez The Killer. “You stay within yourself and go out and give 110%.” To which Alex shook his head and said, “That has always bugged me about athletes. It is impossible to give more than 100%.”

“What do you mean?” Gilmour said.

I had Alex put up one hand straight out. “Here’s 100%” He then offered his other hand. “Here’s you.” And in an upward motion, he kept slapping one hand against the other. “You could never go higher than 100%!” To which Gilmour responded. “You could never play for Pat Burns.”

The only reason I mention that lame bit is that Alex so loved it, that he spent the entire day practicing slapping his hands together.

The National Rock Awards were hosted by Weird Al Yankovic and the late Jeff Healey, as odd a pairing as there could be. Both great guys, though. Jeff encouraged me to write blind jokes for him – almost all of which were spiked by the producers, to his annoyance.

My most vivid memory of the event: having to help basically carry then-heavy-drinker David Carradine to his limo at the end of the night. Earlier, during his appearance onstage as a presenter, the star of the Canadian-produced Kung Fu: The Next Generation threw a flying kick at Weird Al that missed his nose by about a millimeter.

The late Leslie Nielsen gave me the single best demonstration of a pro in action as host of the Canadian Radio Music Awards at Canadian Music Week (basically a rookie-of-the-year awards luncheon for new bands, based on airplay).

Nielsen arrived from L.A. late the night before, and I wrote a last-minute monologue for him. This was about 2000, and the premise was that he’d left Canada in the early ‘80s, so his idea of up-and-coming Canadian bands stopped at Martha & The Muffins, Luba and Men Without Hats.

I wasn’t sure it would work, but I got there as he was eating his dessert. He put on his glasses, looked it over, said, “Yep,” and “Uh huh,” a few times as he flipped pages, and finally said, “I get it.” And that was the extent of our exchange.

He then got up onstage with those couple of pages I’d written for him and read them out with unbelievable comic timing, pauses and sublime deadpan, as if he really was oblivious. The audience was screaming. I was proud of having written the instrument he played so beautifully for a simple industry event.

It wasn’t the kind of awards show that ended up getting reviewed in the papers, but if it had and had been panned, I would have written an angry letter to the editor. Of course, that would have been a conflict of interest.

Northernstars logo imageJim Slotek is a longtime Toronto Sun columnist, movie critic, TV critic and comedy beat reporter who has interviewed thousands of celebrities. He’s been a scriptwriter for the NHL Awards, Gemini Awards and documentaries, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for comedy writing on a special. His writing also appears in Cineplex, Movie Entertainment magazines and in the blog Original-Cin.

Un 32 août sur terre

Un 32 août sur terre, movie, image,
This image was scanned from an original still set in the Northernstars Collection.

88 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: 1998 (Cannes)
Release date: February 11, 1999 (Québec)
Production Company: Max Films
Canadian Distributor: France Film/Red Sky

On August 32nd everything changes for 26-year-old Simone Prevost (Pascale Bussieres). After a frightening car accident, she is faced with her own mortality and solitude. With the realization that “No one is eternally eternal,” she quits her interna­tional modelling career, cancels a trip to Italy, and embarks full force on her new­found mission: to have a child. Despite his lifelong attraction to her, her best friend Philippe is taken aback by Simone’s request that he be the father. But, bound by a naive promise made earlier, he reluctantly agrees – on the absurd random condition that they conceive in a desert. Amused, but not to be deterred, Simone quickly arranges flights to the nearest desert: Salt Lake City. Alas, the salt desert, despite its awesome majesty, does not inspire their passions. Hipped off and abused further by a cabbie, Simone and Philippe are abandoned in the middle of a seemingly endless expanse of desert. As if that is not enough, they are further tested by an event that will contin­ue to haunt Simone. By the time they return to the airport they have missed their flight. The failed spontaneity of the moment weighs heavily on Philippe, and his about­face may prove catastrophic to their rela­tionship. Their journey has permanently altered their lives. They are stuck in the fuzzy territory between romantic love and profound friendship. On September 5th, they come crashing down to reality.

Un 32 août sur terre screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Alexis Martin won the Prix Jutra for Best Actor and The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not nominated. This film marks Denis Villeneuve’s feature directorial debut and in its writeup of the film in 1998, TIFF stated Un 32 août sur terre “establishes him as an impressive new talent.”



Un 32 août sur terreUn 32 août sur terre
Crew:
Producer: Roger Frappier
Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Screenwriter:

Denis Villeneuve

Cinematographer:

André Turpin

Editor:

Sophie LeBlond

Composer:

Pierres Desrochers
Nathalie Boileau

Art Director:

Jean Babin

Costume Designer:

Suzanne Harel

Cast:Roles:

Pascale Bussieres
Alexis Martin
Richard S. Hamilton
Serge Theriault
Emmanuel Bilodeau
Paule Baillargeon
Frederic Desager
Evelyne Rompre
Ivan Smith
Estelle Esse
Joanne Cote
R. Craig Costin
Marc Jeanty
Venelina Ghiaourov
Lee C. Fobert

Simone
Philippe
Taxi Driver- Salt Lake City
Car Driver
Best Friend
Doctor at the hospital
Stephane
Juliette
Doctor
Tanning Salon Receptionist
Monica
Rental Agent- Salt Lake City
Janvier
Nurse
Car Driver- Salt Lake City

Un 32 août sur terre

Un 32 août sur terre, movie, image,
This image was scanned from an original still set in the Northernstars Collection.

88 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: 1998 (Cannes)
Release date:
Production Company: Max Films
Canadian Distributor: France Film/Red Sky

On August 32nd everything changes for 26-year-old Simone Prevost (Pascale Bussieres). After a frightening car accident, she is faced with her own mortality and solitude. With the realization that “No one is eternally eternal,” she quits her interna­tional modelling career, cancels a trip to Italy, and embarks full force on her new­found mission: to have a child. Despite his lifelong attraction to her, her best friend Philippe is taken aback by Simone’s request that he be the father. But, bound by a naive promise made earlier, he reluctantly agrees – on the absurd random condition that they conceive in a desert. Amused, but not to be deterred, Simone quickly arranges flights to the nearest desert: Salt Lake City. Alas, the salt desert, despite its awesome majesty, does not inspire their passions. Hipped off and abused further by a cabbie, Simone and Philippe are abandoned in the middle of a seemingly endless expanse of desert. As if that is not enough, they are further tested by an event that will contin­ue to haunt Simone. By the time they return to the airport they have missed their flight. The failed spontaneity of the moment weighs heavily on Philippe, and his about­face may prove catastrophic to their rela­tionship. Their journey has permanently altered their lives. They are stuck in the fuzzy territory between romantic love and profound friendship. On September 5th, they come crashing down to reality.

Un 32 août sur terre screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Alexis Martin won the Prix Jutra for Best Actor and The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not nominated. This film marks Denis Villeneuve’s feature directorial debut and in its writeup of the film in 1998, TIFF stated Un 32 août sur terre “establishes him as an impressive new talent.”



Un 32 août sur terreUn 32 août sur terre
Crew:
Producer: Roger Frappier
Director:

Denis Villeneuve

Screenwriter:

Denis Villeneuve

Cinematographer:

André Turpin

Editor:

Sophie LeBlond

Composer:

Pierres Desrochers
Nathalie Boileau

Art Director:

Jean Babin

Costume Designer:

Suzanne Harel

Cast:Roles:

Pascale Bussieres
Alexis Martin
Richard S. Hamilton
Serge Theriault
Emmanuel Bilodeau
Paule Baillargeon
Frederic Desager
Evelyne Rompre
Ivan Smith
Estelle Esse
Joanne Cote
R. Craig Costin
Marc Jeanty
Venelina Ghiaourov
Lee C. Fobert

Simone
Philippe
Taxi Driver- Salt Lake City
Car Driver
Best Friend
Doctor at the hospital
Stephane
Juliette
Doctor
Tanning Salon Receptionist
Monica
Rental Agent- Salt Lake City
Janvier
Nurse
Car Driver- Salt Lake City

Cinéfranco’s Spécial Québec Returns

Cinéfranco's Spécial Québec Returns, image
Image from Le Trip à Trois courtesy of Les Films Séville.

Cinéfranco’s Spécial Québec Returns
by Staff

(March 28, 2018 – Toronto, ON) La Tournée du Cinema Québecois  in partnership with Cinéfranco returns to Toronto for the annual Toronto showcase of the best of recent Québecois cinema. This year’s Cinéfranco Spécial Québec will offer up 6 features and a program of shorts by Indigenous youth as well as special guests including esteemed director, playwright, novelist and essayist Bernard Émond and directors Pascal Plante and Mélissa Lefebvre. Cinéfranco Spécial Québec opens on Saturday, April 14 at 2pm with a raucous comedy by director Nicolas Monette. In Le Trip à Trois, Estelle who leads a stable and predictable life with her husband and daughter decides to shake things up by pursuing a threesome.

 
At 4:30pm, special guest director Pascal Plante will answer questions about his movie Les Faux Tatouages (Fake Tattoos),  a drama about Théo, a shy guy who is blindsided at his 18th birthday celebration by a punk-rock romance.
 

 
Saturday’s program wraps at 7pm with director Bernard Émond (La Neuvaine) who will introduce and participate in a Q+A after a screening of his newest film. A road trip, Pour Vivre Ici (A Place To Live) reunites Émond with actress Élise Guilbault.  Guilbault plays a sixty-something woman who after her husband’s death travels from his small town on the Côte-Nord to visit his children in Montreal and the places of his childhood in Northern Ontario.

 
Sunday’s program begins at 2pm with Guillaume Lambert’s Les Scènes Fortuites (My Intelligent Comedy).  Thirty-something filmmaker Damien finds himself in debt, working in a post-house to stay afloat and unable to complete his film in this biting satire of the Québec film business.

 
A program of three shorts by young Indigenous filmmakers at 4:15pm is followed by Bagages, a documentary-hybrid that gives a voice to newly arrived teenaged immigrants in Montreal.  Through drama, workshops and theatrical productions they speak of their experiences with remarkable wisdom, powerful emotion and disarming authenticity. Co-director Melissa Lefebvre will attend for a Q+A following the screening.

La Tournée du Cinéma Québecois runs Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15, at the Carlton Cinemas in Toronto. More information and tickets are available online from Cinéfranco.

WOW’s Mainframe debuts New Productions

WOW’s Mainframe debuts New Productions
by Staff

(March 29, 2018, Vancouver, BC) Vancouver based WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. continues to make inroads in the competitive marketplace of kids and youth entertainment. Mainframe Studios, WOW’s animated and live-action television production studio, is about to debut projects created to reach a broad demographic. While it continues to offer traditionally accessible fare, the company is embracing the new digital options that showcase its innovation and production expertise.

Mainframe Studios’ highly anticipated hybrid live-action/CG animated series ReBoot: The Guardian Code, will premiere as a Netflix original series worldwide tomorrow, March 30th, followed by Canadian distribution on YTV in June. Created by Studio Head Michael Hefferon, the action comedy follows the adventures of four teenagers who discover on the first day of high school that they have been selected to become the next generation Guardians of Cyberspace with the help of Vera, an artificially intelligent bio-constructed teenage girl. ReBoot: The Guardian Code is the first television series to create visually stunning animation using the Unreal Game Engine with 4K resolution and features a mix of character driven stories, humor, and adrenaline pumping action to captivate and engage a wide audience of viewers. Mainframe Studios produced the first ever CG animated series ReBoot in 1994

ReBoot: The Guardian Code is distributed by Nelvana and produced by Mainframe Studios. Mainframe is currently developing The Anybodies, a 6-11 animated comedy/adventure series about a 12-year-old girl who discovers her powers as a shapeshifter when reunited with her real family after being switched at birth. The series is based on the successful book trilogy by author Julianna Baggott (aka N.E. Bode), as adapted by writers David H. Steinberg & Keetgi Kogan Steinberg (Yo Kai Watch), who will be executive producers. Emmy award-winning director Mark Risley is on board to direct the series.

Mainframe Studios will also continue its longstanding relationship with Mattel and Barbie. It is in production on a 26-episode TV series entitled Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures. The studio has produced 30+ animated Barbie movies with Mattel over the past 17 years.


WOW Unlimited Media Inc., formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., is creating a leading next-generation kids and youth animation business by focusing on digital platforms and content. The company’s key assets include: the world’s #1 digital animation network, Frederator Networks, which consists of an animation production company Frederator Studios as well as VOD channels on digital platforms; the world’s first Hispanic animation network, Átomo Network, a joint venture with Ánima Estudios; and one of Canada’s largest, multi-faceted animation production studios, Rainmaker Entertainment, which consists of Mainframe Studios that produces CGI animated television series and Rainmaker Studios that produces long-form animated features. The company operates out of offices in Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Los Angeles,

Source: CNW

Bell Adds Pinewood Toronto

Bell Adds Pinewood Toronto

Bell Adds Pinewood Toronto
by Staff

(March 29, 2018 – Toronto, ON) Bell Media has announced that it has entered into an agreement for its Bell Media Studios division to acquire a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios, in partnership with Comweb Studio Holdings, Castlepoint, and the City of Toronto.


“The addition of Pinewood Toronto Studios to our portfolio offers us an exciting new advantage in meeting the rising demand for original content across all media platforms,” said Bell Media Studio’s Nanci MacLean. “One of our first actions will be to add a further 170,000 square feet (51,793 square metres) of sound stages and support space, maintaining Pinewood Toronto Studios as a best-in-class film and TV studio.” MacLean, Vice-President and Head of Bell Media Studios, will oversee operations at Pinewood Toronto Studios.

Pinewood Toronto is one of the largest purpose-built production studios in Canada and the preferred choice for domestic and international producers of film and TV content in Toronto. As a part of the transaction, Bell Media Studios Inc. will acquire a majority stake in the 33.5 acre (13.5 hectares) facility in Toronto’s Port Lands. The complex includes 11 purpose-built stages, including one of the largest sound stages in North America at 46,000 square foot (4,274 square metres), as well as offices that can house multiple productions at a time, teaching facilities, and a variety of support services for a growing roster of domestic and international film and television clients.

“Our partnership to purchase Pinewood Toronto Studios reinforces Bell Media’s role as Canada’s leading content creation company,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We’re excited about the synergies that Pinewood Toronto can offer and the role it will play in generating new revenue streams in an open-shop basis.”

Recent productions filming at Pinewood Toronto Studios include Star Trek: Discovery, Molly’s Game, Room, Suicide Squad, Spotlight, IT, Downsizing, Crimson Peak, and The Expanse. It has previously been home to Bell Media original productions including Orphan Black, The Listener, and Killjoys.

“The investment that Bell Media is making in Pinewood Toronto Studios and its expansion is significant and is proof of Bell Media’s commitment to our city and of its role as a world-class content creator,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “Toronto is home to industry-leading talent in the television and film production industry and as a city we are committed to supporting the growth of that industry at all levels and aspects of that production.”

“Our Toronto studios are a film and television success story,” said Paul Bronfman, Chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios. “We look forward to working with Randy and the Bell Media team to produce more high-calibre and innovative programming right here in Toronto and I’m sure that the ongoing sales and marketing support from Pinewood UK will continue to be a significant advantage for our business.”

Source: CNW

Stephen Low

Stephen Low, director,

B: in Ottawa, Ontario

Born in Ottawa, Stephen Low was raised in Montreal and southern Alberta. His father, Colin Low, was a distinguished documentary filmmaker and cinema pioneer whose career at the National Film Board of Canada spanned over 50 years and helped the institution win a truckload of awards, including nine Oscar® nominations. Stephen Low’s 3D short The Last Buffalo was produced for the Suntory pavilion at Expo ’90 in Osaka, Japan and became one of the most popular attractions at the fair, drawing over 1,940,000 viewers over six months. The film was the second produced in the revolutionary 15/70 3D medium for IMAX 3D theatres. His newest project, The Trolley, explores the power and potential of a once nearly forgotten piece of 19th century innovation. Following its existence from 19th century invention to near extinction in the 1960s, Low’s film focuses on Toronto as one of the only cities in North America to have retained an extensive streetcar network. The Trolley will have its World Premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Company website.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Challenger: An Industrial Romance (1980, short)
Challenger: An Industrial Romance (1980)
Skyward (1985, short)
Beavers (1988, short)

The Defender (1990)
The Last Buffalo (1990, short, 3D)
Titanica (1992)
Flight of the Aquanaut (1993)
Across the Sea of Time (1995)
Super Speedway (1997)
Mark Twain’s America in 3D (1998, 3D)

Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (2003, short)
Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (2004, short)

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti (2010)
Legends of Flight (2010)
Rescue (2011)
Rocky Mountain Express (2011)
Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas (2016, short)
The Trolley (2018)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Challenger: An Industrial Romance (1980, short)
Challenger: An Industrial Romance (1980)
Acting Class (1980, short)

The Defender (1990)
Mark Twain’s America in 3D (1998, 3D)
Gold Fever (1999, short)

Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees (2002)
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (2003, short)
Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (2004, short)
Mysteries of the Great Lakes (2008)

Legends of Flight (2010)
Rescue (2011)
Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas (2016, short)
The Trolley (2018)

TV Series:
Journey with Dylan Dreyer (2017, 1 episode)

Credits as a Producer:
Challenger: An Industrial Romance (1980, short)
Challenger: An Industrial Romance (1980)
Splitz (1985, Executive producer)
Beavers (1988, short)

Titanica (1992)
Flight of the Aquanaut (1993)
Across the Sea of Time (1995)
Super Speedway (1997)
Mark Twain’s America in 3D (1998, 3D)

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (2004, short)

Legends of Flight (2010)
Rescue (2011)
The Trolley (2018)


Corner Gas: Live & Animated

Corner Gas: Live & Animated, image,

Corner Gas: Live & Animated
by Staff

(March 22, 2018 – Toronto, ON) It was the tiny Saskatchewan community most viewers wished they could move to, even if they couldn’t spell Saskatchewan, or pronounce it. It was Dog River and you can’t find it on a map because it never existed. Yet, legion of fans dutifully showed up to watch the hit comedy show, Corner Gas, which was set in the fictional town. Adding some sense of reality to the non-existent, tiny town, Corner Gas was said to be the only gas station for some 60 kilometres in any direction. The series went on to run for six seasons, 107 episodes, winning six Gemini awards. It had reached into the hearts of all who Hot Docs Ted Rogers cinema, image,watched series star Brent Butt and the rest of the cast to such an extent that the Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, proclaimed April 13, 2009, the day the last episode was broadcast as “Corner Gas Day” in Saskatchewan.

As a measure of the show’s popularity, beginning from its very first broadcast in January of 2004, Corner Gas maintained an audience of more than a million viewers for all 107 episodes of the series. Naturally it went into syndication and there was a feature-length movie in 2014. Now, reaching some new plateau for a Canadian show, the cast returns to offer their voices to a new series, Corner Gas Animated, which will have its premiere on April 2 on The Comedy Network.

But before that, on Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 PM to be precise, Toronto fans are in for a very special treat when the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema plays host to Brent Butt and the rest of the cast for a one-of-a-kind live event. Ticket holders will be able to watch the cast go through a live reading from one of the scripts. This will be followed by a world-exclusive sneak preview of the much anticipated series, and then a Q&A session with the actors.

It’s a great opportunity to show your love for the original series, the characters and the people who played the people of Dog River, Saskatchewan. Click here for tickets and more information.

Howie Mandel: Funny Money

Howie Mandel: Funny Money, image,
Photo of Howie Mandel at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards © Ralph Lucas.

Howie Mandel: Funny Money
by Staff

(March 22, 2018 – Toronto, ON) When the founder of the Just For Laughs empire, Gilbert Rozon stepped away from his company last October following accusations of sexual misconduct and assault spanning three decades, there was little speculation who would end up owning the most successful comedy event in North America. Considered a “cultural treasure” in Québec, one of its largest shareholders, the all-powerful Québecor Group was thought to be the most obvious new owner. But a funny thing happened on the way to the bank.

There were seven groups interested in buying the Just For Laughs Group. As it turns out, based on a 2012 partnership deal with the comedy festival, Québecor maintained a Right of First Refusal. What that means is they could effectively block any potential bid simply by matching it or offering a little more. Québecor announced last week it would not exercise that right and yesterday in Montreal it was announced that the company had been sold to Canadian comedian Howie Mandel and ICM Partners, a Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency.

ICM assured everyone that the Just For Laughs offices and festival would remain in Montreal. In fact, Pierre-Marc Johnson, the chairman of Just For Laugh’s board of directors stated, “They gave their word that they intend to keep operations in Montreal.”

Mandel, who has performed at Just For Laughs many times in the past 10 years said, “I consider it to be a cultural treasure not only for the Montreal and Quebec communities, but also for Canada.”

It should be noted that Gilbert Rozon has denied the allegations against him and they have not been proven in court.

The 36th annual Just For Laughs Festival will run from July 14 to July 28 in Montreal.

The Detail

Detail Details, image,
The main cast of The Detail. Photo courtesy of CTV.

10×60 minutes – Crime, drama,
First broadcast: March 25, 2018
Originating Network: CTV

2018 – 10×60 minutes (March 25, 2018)

The Detail is a female-driven, police procedural chronicling three Homicide Detectives within the Metropolitan Police Service who work tirelessly to solve crimes while navigating the complicated demands of their personal lives. Detective Stevie Hall (Angela Griffin) is an experienced interrogator who can extricate information from suspects and witnesses alike, even while her thorny family life teeters on the edge of full-blown implosion. Her partner, Detective Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Cooper (Shenae Grimes-Beech) is a street-smart rookie with a messy personal life. The unit is overseen by larger-than-life Staff Inspector Fiona Currie (Wendy Crewson) – a formidable boss who works overtime to keep the weekly case board clear and the streets safe.



The DetailThe Detail
Crew:
Producer: Ilana Frank
Executive Producer:

Ilana Frank
Ley Lukins (Co-Showrunner)
Adam Pettle (Co-Showrunner)
Linda Pope
Nicola Shindler
Sally Wainwright
Jocelyn Hamilton (Entertainment One)

Co-Executive Producer:

Sonia Hosko
Gregory Smith

Consulting Producer:

Kathy Avrich Johnson

Director:

Jordan Canning
John Fawcett
James Genn
Grant Harvey
Sara St. Onge

Screenwriter:

Sandra Chwialkowska
Matt Doyle
Sarah Goodman
Naledi Jackson
Joe Pernice
Katrina Saville
Graeme Stewart

Cinematographer:

David Perrault

Editor:

Teresa Hannigan
Jean Coulombe

Composer:

Ian LeFeuvre
Benjamin Pinkerton

Production Designer:

Benno Tutter

Costume Designer:

Jenifur Jarvis

Cast:Roles:

Wendy Crewson
Shenae Grimes-Beech
Angela Griffin
David Cubitt
Matthew Edison
Al Mukadam
Matt Gordon
Claire Qute
Richie Lawrence
Dan Abramovici
Elizabeth Whitmere
Guest Stars:
Ben Bass
David Ferry
Rebecca Liddiard
Melanie Nicholls-King
Sheila McCarthy
Ella Ballentine
Emily Pope
Sergio Di Zio
Kevin Hanchard
Huse Madhavji
Jordan Todosey
Kari Matchett
Latoya Webb
Alex Carter
Mark Rendall
Ian D. Clark
Josh Beech

Staff Inspector Fiona Currie
Detective Jacqueline Cooper
Detective Stevie Hall
Detective Kyle Price
Jono Hall
Detective Aaron Finch
Detective Donnie Sullivan
Katie Hall
Nate Hall
Noah Griffin
Rita Moretti

Marc Savage
Harry Barker
Emma Write
Amelia
Helen Mailer
Annabelle
Ginny

Detail Details

Detail Details, image,
The main cast of The Detail. Photo courtesy of CTV.

Detail Details
by Staff

(March 21, 2018 – Toronto, ON) This Sunday, CTV takes a bold leap with a new mid-season series titled The Detail. It’s a cop show, but the big twist here is the cops in question are three resilient female Homicide Detectives risking it all to get the job done.

Produced by Ilana Frank of ICF Films with Entertainment One (eOne) in association with CTV, The Detail costars British actor Angela Griffin as Detective Stevie Hallis, an experienced interrogator who can extricate information from suspects and witnesses alike, even while her thorny family life teeters on the edge of full-blown implosion. Her partner is Detective Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Cooper played by Canadian Shenae Grimes-Beech. Her character is a

Wendy Crewson, actress,
Photo of Wendy Crewson at the Canadian Screen Awards
© 2017 by Ralph Lucas.
street-smart rookie with a complicated personal life that threatens to eclipse the bright light of her policing prowess. The unit is overseen by larger-than-life Staff Inspector Fiona Currie, played by the award-winning Wendy Crewson. Currie is a formidable boss who works overtime to keep the weekly case board clear and the streets safe.

The premiere episode, entitled “Wake Up Call” airs Sunday, March 25 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on CTV and CTV GO).

The Detail ushers in a new onscreen status quo – where a police procedural anchored by three strong female lead characters surprises no one,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “The Detail is a powerful addition to our exciting mid-season and Sunday night slate, and we can’t wait for viewers to watch the action unfold and meet the show’s brilliant, funny, flawed, and very real characters.”

“I am proud to work with our partners at CTV and eOne on this timely female-led series,” said Ilana Frank, Executive Producer. “Angela, Shenae and Wendy perfectly capture these strong, complicated and authentically flawed characters that struggle against the obstacles that women face in their personal and professional lives every day.”

The all-star ensemble cast includes David Cubitt as Detective Kyle Price, Stevie’s old flame and new co-worker at the division; Matthew Edison as Stevie’s husband Jono Hall; Al Mukadam as the well-connected Detective Aaron Finch; and Matt Gordon as Detective Donnie Sullivan, the surly yet lovable lug of homicide.

Shot in and around Toronto during the summer of 2017, guest stars in the inaugural season include Ben Bass as Marc Savage, Jack’s silver-tongued boyfriend; David Ferry as Harry Barker, Stevie’s step-father and retired cop; as well as appearances by Shelia McCarthy, Sergio Di Zio, Kevin Hanchard, Huse Madhavji, Jordan Todosey, Kari Matchett, Latoya Webb, Rebecca Liddiard, Alex Carter, Mark Rendall, Ian D. Clark and Josh Beech.

Encore presentations of The Detail will air the following Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/MT on CTV. The Detail can also be seen on demand at CTV.ca, on CTV GO, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings). South of the border, The Detail will air on ION Television.

HOT DOCS Hits 25

HOT DOCS Hits 25, image,

(March 20, 2018 – Toronto, ON) – When the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival kicks off on April 26th, it will be the start of an annual Spring tradition in Toronto and it will mark the 25th anniversary of a festival that began as a simple idea and has grown to become North America’s largest documentary festival. A quick look at the numbers indicates a strong documentary industry as this year’s slate of films was gleaned from 3059 submissions, resulting in a schedule of 246 films and 16 interdisciplinary projects from 56 countries in 14 screening programs. Organizers can be justifiably proud of the announcement that female filmmakers represent 50 per cent of the 2018 program.

“Formidable filmmakers, in unrelenting pursuit of the truth are a hallmark of this year’s Hot Docs Festival programming, and Toronto audiences have the chance to

Hot Docs Hits 25, image,
Shane Smith, director of programming for Hot Docs.
explore stories from around the world, and engage with the people who tell them,” said Shane Smith, director of programming for Hot Docs. “As we celebrate 25 years of Hot Docs, it’s exciting to see that documentary storytelling is as outstanding and outspoken as ever, a vital cultural force in connecting us to our world and to each other.” 

For the Festival’s 25th anniversary, Hot Docs will thank Toronto audiences by inviting them to a free world premiere IMAX screening at the Ontario Place Cinesphere of The Trolley, which takes viewers through 34 cities around the world to rediscover the public transit invention that revolutionized urban life. Additionally, Hot Docs will also present 25th anniversary screenings of Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker’s The War Room and Alanis Obomsawin’s Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, at which the directors will be present for post-screening discussions.

Hot Docs Hits 25, image,
Maya Gallus at Hot Docs 2018.

The opening gala screening will come from the Festival’s Special Presentations program. It is the world premiere of Maya GallusThe Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, a glimpse into the kitchens of the world’s top female chefs. The director, no stranger to Hot Docs, was on hand to talk briefly about her new film. Other notable films in the Special Presentations program include: Active Measures, a deep-dive into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 US presidential election; Andy Irons: Kissed By God, which profiles the legendary surfing champion and his struggles with mental illness; Behind the Curve, which looks at the rise of flat Earth believers; The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man, which goes in search of true stories of the famous actor popping up in random scenarios; The Blue Wall, a film that recounts the police killing of unarmed Black teenager in Chicago; and Love, Gilda, a touching biopic of beloved actor and comedian Gilda Radner.

In addition to the Special Presentations program, there are a 11 other different programs at Hot Docs. Following are details on all of them:

This year’s expanded DocX program, an interdisciplinary section of the Festival celebrating documentary work that lives outside of the traditional format, will feature virtual reality and interactive experiences, including: Anote’s Ark (VR) and a special photo exhibit of Kiribati; Greenland Melting, a story of climate change told through dazzling 360° perspectives; The Guardians of the Forest, following the Indigenous volunteer force striving to save the Amazon, Holy City VR, an innovative experience that lets you walk within the walls of Jerusalem; and more. Free DocX programming will be available at Autodesk @ MaRS with a satellite location at Brookfield Place. The program will also feature a one-night-only performance of Toronto filmmaker Kelly O’Brien’s Postings From Home, and the video installation Havarie, presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto in partnership with Hot Docs, Images Festival and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
 
In the competitive Canadian Spectrum program, notable films include: The Guardians, which exposes the rampant corruption that’s transformed Nevada’s guardianship system into a con game; Letter from Masanjia, which looks at the mystery behind a SOS letter written by a Chinese political prisoner that turns up in Halloween decorations sold in Oregon; This Mountain Life, which follows a 60-year-old mother and daughter’s six-month trek through the stunning but treacherous Rocky Mountains; United We Fan, about how super-fans of famous TV shows fight to keep them on the air; and Love, Scott, a heartbreaking film about a young gay musician’s brave recovery after a vicious attacked left him paralyzed.

 
In the competitive International Spectrum program, notable films include: I, Dolours, a first-hand account from militant IRA activist Dolours Price of her life; Ubiquity, about the ever-expanding digital network and how those suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity are coping; Commander Arian – A Story of Women, War and Freedom, where a 30-year-old commander leads her female battalion to retake an ISIS-controlled city; and We Could Be Heroes, the story of a Moroccan gold medal-winning Paralympian who, after being abandoned by his athletic federation, must find the drive to defend his title.
Hot Docs Hits 25, image
In the World Showcase program, notable films include: 93Queen, about a lawyer and mother of six who creates her Orthodox Brooklyn community’s first all-female ambulance corps; The Feeling of Being Watched, which uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11; Call Her Ganda, about the brutal murder of a transgender woman by a US Marine in the Philippines; Golden Dawn Girls, which reveals the women who take the reins of Greece’s ultranationalist party after its leaders are jailed; Grit, which sees the evolution of a young activist fighting for reparations ten years after an industrial accident in Indonesia; The Broker, which offers a glimpse into the goings-on at an Iranian dating agency; Circles, about a high school counsellor who swaps zero tolerance for restorative justice; and My Father is my Mother’s Brother, a touching family narrative about a bohemian singer/artist who becomes a father to his young niece when his sister’s mental health deteriorates.

 
The Made In Mexico program includes: Artemio, a tale of reverse migration where visa issues force a young American-born boy and his mother to move from California to rural Mexico; Eternity Never Surrendered, a look into the grief of two women who have lost loved ones to crime and corruption; I’m Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy), about the struggles of an undocumented worker planning his return to Mexico; Mamacita, the incredible story of a young filmmaker stumbling upon his grandmother’s questionable past; Rush Hour, which profiles three long-distance commuters who reflect on their quality of life after losing countless hours in traffic; and Witkin & Witkin, a heartfelt human story that explores the identity of two identical twin artists.

 
The Artscapes program, which showcases creative minds, artistic pursuits and inventive filmmaking, includes: Bathtubs Over Broadway, a fun look at the genre of corporate musicals that were commissioned from Broadway’s hottest talent; Yellow is Forbidden, a behind-the-runway look at the extravagant creations of Chinese designer Guo Pei; Shirkers, about a young writer from Singapore who shoots the country’s first indie road movie; Rezo, a peek into the surreal inner world of Georgian artist and puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze; Don’t Be Nice, about an upstart slam poetry team from NYC preparing for national championships; and Bachman, an epic biopic of Canadian music legend Randy Bachman.

 
The Nightvision program, which features future cult classics, includes: The American Meme, which explores the age of social media mega-platforms and the stars it creates; I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story, which looks at four different generations of boyband fans and the impact their fandom had on their lives; Queercore: How to Punk A Revolution, a look back at the pre-internet 1980s, when Bruce LaBruce and G.B. Jones fabricated Toronto’s “queercore” scene out of thin air; and Obscuro Barroco, a mesmerizing audiovisual poem about a Brazilian transgender icon who guides us into the heart of Rio’s festive nights.
 
The Changing Face of Europe program includes: The Distant Barking of Dogs, about a child and his grandmother who choose to stay in their Eastern Ukrainian village on the  border of a war zone; Of Fish and Foe, the story of Scotland’s last traditional fishing family battling animal activists on the high seas; To Want, To Need, To Love, which follows three people who travel through Europe participating in an ambitious performance art project; Global Family, where a displaced Somali family living in different countries must overcome bureaucracy in the face of a familial crisis; and The White World According To Daliborek, a dark satire that profiles the rise of the right as seen in a lonely middle-aged Czech man.

 
The Silence Breakers program, which features stories of brave women speaking up and being heard, includes: Afghan Cycles, which tells the story of Afghan women breaking the country’s gender barriers by training on the Women’s National Cycling Team; Netizens, which profiles women who are fighting back against online harassment; Slut or Nut, the Diary of a Rape Trial, a horrifying story of a sexual assault survivor who resorts to bold activism to challenge rape culture in Canada; Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End Aids, a film that follows brave women fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic which disproportionately affects women; Yours in Sisterhood, a revealing look at the progress of feminism through the hundreds of strangers who read and react to 40-year-old letters written to the editors of Ms. Magazine; and Time For Ilhan, about a Muslim Somali-American seeking election to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

 
The Good Fight program, which features stories of battles–both personal and global–being fought with heart and soul, includes: The Accountant of Auschwitz, about a 94-year-old former SS Guard standing trial for his crimes; Crime + Punishment, which follows 12 NYPD cops as they risk their reputations, careers and safety to blow the whistle on corrupt police practices; Recovery Boys, examining the painful recovery of four men battling opioid addictions; Warrior Women, an inspirational film that charts the lifelong activism and struggle of a Lakota woman; and The Lonely Battle Of Thomas Reid, a David vs. Goliath story about an Irish farmer fighting an American multinational seeking to evict him.

 
The Redux program, a retrospective showcase of documentaries that deserve another outing on the big screen, will this year feature 19 Canadian films from coast to coast to coast.

This year’s Big Ideas Series presented by Scotia Wealth Management will welcome such notable guests as: director Morgan Neville and co-director of the Fred Rogers Center Dr. Junlei Li (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?); director Cynthia Lowen, founder of Feminist Frequency Anita Sarkeesian and victims’ rights attorney Carrie Goldberg (Netizens); directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck and Assistant Professor of Information Studies, UCLA, Dr. Sarah T. Roberts (The Cleaners); director Mattieu Rytz and former president of Kiribati Anote Tong (Anote’s Ark); and rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and activist M.I.A. (MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.).

 
Additionally, Hot Docs is pleased to present two retrospective programs: Focus On John Walker, a retrospective of the Canadian filmmaker’s work; and the Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective, honouring the timeless work of documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

 
Also a premier documentary conference and market, Hot Docs will be welcoming over 2,000 industry delegates who will partake in a wide array of industry events and services, including conferences sessions, receptions and parties, Hot Docs Deal Maker, The Doc Shop and the Hot Docs Forum, May 1 to 2.

Ticket information and more information about his year’s lineup is available online.

Remembering Mike MacDonald

Remembering Mike MacDonald, actor, comedian,

(March 18, 2018 – Toronto, ON) Born in 1954, Mike MacDonald’s father served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and so like other Canadian actors, notably Paul Gross, MacDonald grew up on military bases all over the world. When his dad retired, the family moved back to Ottawa and MacDonald went to that city’s Brookfield High School.

Following graduation he took whatever work came his way but when he turned 24 he started to hone his standup skills in whatever comedy club would give him the chance. As his reputation grew he started getting serious bookings and went on to gain fame thanks to his live performances in clubs all over North America. He was a regular at Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Yuk Yuk’s. MacDonald was also a frequent guest on TV, including The Arsenio Hall Show and the David Letterman Show. He had battled drug addiction and bipolar disorder in his adult life and worked his afflictions into some of his sketches, true to his conviction there is humour in most everything. He also performed for a wide variety of charities — from those that support abused women to others involved with combating mental illness.

In 2011, MacDonald returned to Ottawa from Los Angeles, where he’d been based for two decades. He had a liver transplant in March 2013. One month earlier he had been honoured with a Canadian Comic Legend Award from his peers at Cracking Up The Capital, a comedy festival that raises awareness and money for mental health issues. He’d also been awarded with a special tribute at the Just For Laughs 30th anniversary in Montreal. Between his comedy club and TV appearances, he also wrote and starred in many movies, most notably landing roles in Three Fugitives, The Funny Farm and Mr. Nice Guy, a Jackie Chan film he helped write. MacDonald also hosted the Gemini Awards and the Canadian Comedy Awards.

In 2011, MacDonald announced that he had been diagnosed with hepatitis C. His brother, J.P. MacDonald said that his brother died on Saturday afternoon, March 17, from heart complications at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Mike MacDonald was 63. Some sources state that he born in Canada.

Also see: Mike MacDonald’s filmography.

Mike MacDonald

Mike MacDonald, actor, comedian,

B: June 21, 1954 in Metz, FranceD: March 17, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario

Born in 1954, Mike MacDonald’s father served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and so like other Canadian actors, notably Paul Gross, MacDonald grew up on military bases all over the world. When his dad retired, the family moved back to Ottawa and MacDonald went to Brookfield High School. Following graduation he took whatever work came his way but when he turned 24 he started to hone his standup skills in whatever comedy club would give him the chance. As his reputation grew he started getting serious bookings and went on to gain fame thanks to his live performances in clubs all over North America. He was a regular at Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Yuk Yuk’s. MacDonald was also a frequent guest on TV, including The Arsenio Hall Show and the David Letterman Show. He had battled drug addiction and bipolar disorder in his adult life and worked his afflictions into some of his sketches, true to his conviction there is humour in most everything. He also performed for a wide variety of charities — from those that support abused women to others involved with combating mental illness. In 2011, he returned to Ottawa from Los Angeles, where he’d been based for two decades. He had a liver transplant in March 2013. One month earlier he had been honoured with a Canadian Comic Legend Award from his peers at Cracking Up The Capital, a comedy festival that raises awareness and money for mental health issues. He’d also been awarded with a special tribute at the Just For Laughs 30th anniversary in Montreal. Between his comedy club and TV appearances, he also wrote and starred in many movies, most notably landing roles in Three Fugitives, The Funny Farm and Mr. Nice Guy, a Jackie Chan film he helped write. MacDonald also hosted the Gemini Awards and the Canadian Comedy Awards. In 2011, MacDonald announced that he had been diagnosed with hepatitis C. His brother, J.P. MacDonald said that his brother died on Saturday afternoon, March 17, from heart complications at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Some sources say Mike MacDonald was born in Canada.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Mystery of the Million Dollar Hockey Puck (1975)

The Funny Farm (1983)
Oddballs (1984)
Loose Screws (1985)
Recruits (1986)
Mr. Nice Guy (1987)
Three Fugitives (1989)

The Nutcracker Prince (voice, 1990)
Once in a Blue Moon (1995)
The Rogers’ Cable (1998, short)

Soother (2001, short)
Comedy Night in Canada (TV-2003)
Chasing Robert (2007)

The Bend (2011)

TV Series – Cast:
The Ripping Friends (voice, 2001-2002)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Mosquito Lake (1989)

Super Dave’s Vegas Spectacular (1995)

Ren & Stimpy ‘Adult Party Cartoon’ (voice, 2003)


Nabil Rajo

Nabil Rajo, actor,
Photo of Nabil Rajo © 2018 R.A.Lucas.

B: in Asmara, Eritrea

Nabil Rajo was born in Asmara, Eritrea but moved to Toronto when he was six-years-old. His education didn’t involve the arts as he devoted time to his studies and competitive basketball. In 2012, influenced by an uncle, a prominent independent director in Eritrea, Nabil Rajo took his first steps into the world of cinema, focusing on directing and performance. He is pictured with his 2018 Canadian Screen Award for best lead actor in a feature film for his role as Hakeem in the Montreal production of Boost, where he said, “You have no idea what this means to a kid from Asmara, Eritrea. I’ve waited a very long time to see a character like Hakeem on the big screen. Representation does matter.”

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (TV-2014)
Muna (2015, short)
Boost (2017)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Remedy (2014, 2015)
Man Seeking Woman (2015)
Rookie Blue (2015)
Suits (2017)


Boost, movie, poster,

Maudie Takes Seven

(March 12, 2018 – Toronto, ON) A Canadian film that was years in the making walked away with seven Canadian Screen Awards last night as the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television honoured the best in 2018 Canadian film and television. The awards gala was broadcast live from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto on CBC, with actor-comedians Jonny Harris and Emma Hunter (pictured above) having fun and keeping a packled theatre as well as a national TV audience entertained as forty-three awards were presented to Canada’s best screen talent.

“We continue to be inspired by the caliber of our Canadian directors, actors, screenwriters, producers, composers and designers who dedicate their lives to their craft and the betterment of Canada’s screen and entertainment industries,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “It’s wonderful to have a stage like the Canadian Screen Awards to showcase Canada’s talent to the world, and reignite Canadians’ passion in homegrown television and film. As well, Jonny and Emma did an amazing job hosting the event, as we knew they would. Everyone was laughing and having a great time, we couldn’t have asked for better hosts.”

The Canadian Film Maudie was the night’s big winner, taking seven of the coveted awards for the Mongrel Media release including best actor in a supporting role, best actress, best director and the top award, Best Motion Picture. Following is the complete list of Canadian Screen Awards handed out on the last night of Screen Week 2018:

2018 FILM WINNERS

Best Motion Picture
Maudie – Bob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan Mullen

Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design
François Séguin – Hochelaga, Land of Souls | Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

Achievement in Cinematography
Nicolas Bolduc – Hochelaga, Land of Souls | Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

Aisling Walsh, director,
Photo of Aisling Walsh © 2018 R.A.Lucas.


Achievement in Costume Design
Trysha Bakker – Maudie

Achievement in Direction

Aisling Walsh – Maudie

Achievement in Editing
Sponsor | Sim
Stephen O’Connell – Maudie

Achievement in Make-Up
Sponsor | M•A•C Cosmetics
Érik Gosselin, Marie-France Guy – The Ravenous | Les Affamés

Achievement in Music – Original Score
Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna – The BreadwinnerThe Breadwinner

Achievement in Music – Original Song
Qais Essar, Joshua Hill – The Breadwinner – “The Crown Sleeps”

Achievement in Overall Sound
Sponsor | Deluxe Toronto
Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Daniel Bisson, Louis-Antoine Lassonde – Hochelaga, Land of Souls | Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

Achievement in Sound Editing
Nelson Ferreira, John Elliot, J.R. Fountain, Dashen Naidoo, Tyler Whitham, – The Breadwinner

Achievement in Visual Effects

Anita Doron, screenwriter,
Photo of Anita Doron © 2018 R.A.Lucas

Sponsor | SPIN VFX
Alain Lachance, Yann Jouannic, Hugo Léveillé, Nadège Bozzetti, Antonin Messier-Turcotte, Thibault Deloof, Francis Bernard – Hochelaga, Land of Souls | Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes

Adapted Screenplay
Anita DoronThe Breadwinner

Original Screenplay
Sherry WhiteMaudie

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nabil RajoBoost

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Ethan Hawke – Maudie

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Sally Hawkins – Maudie

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Bahar Nouhian – Ava

Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary
Sponsor | Rogers Group of Funds
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Stevie Salas, Tim Johnson, Christina Fon, Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana, Linda Ludwick, Lisa M. Roth, Ernest Webb, Diana Holtzberg, Jan Rofekamp

Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary
Alfonso Maiorana – Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary
Benjamin Duffield, Jeremiah Hayes – Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Best Short Documentary
Sponsor | Hot Docs
Take a Walk on The Wildside  – Lisa Rideout, Lauren Grant, Sasha Fisher

Kim's Convenience, cast,
Photo of the cast of Kim’s Convenience © 2018 R.A.Lucas

2018 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS TELEVISION WINNERS

Best Drama Series
Sponsor | National Bank of Canada
Anne
CBC (CBC/Netflix)
(Northwood Entertainment)
Moira Walley-Beckett, Miranda de Penciller

Best Comedy Series
Sponsor | Bell Fund
Kim’s Convenience
CBC (CBC)
(Thunderbird Entertainment)
Ivan Fecan, Ins Choi, Kevin White, Alexandra Raffé, Anita Kapila, Sandra Cunningham

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

Best Lead Actor, Drama Series
Vikings
History (Corus Entertainment)
(Take 5 Productions)
Alexander Ludwig

Best Lead Actress, Drama Series
Orphan Black
Space (Bell Media)
(Boat Rocker Media)
Tatiana Maslany

Best Lead Actor, Comedy
Kim’s Convenience
CBC (CBC)
(Thunderbird Entertainment)
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

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

Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program
Sponsor | Rogers Group of Funds
The Secret Path
CBC (CBC)
(Secret Path Film Inc.)
Stuart Coxe, Mike Downie, Jocelyn Hamilton, Gord Downie, Justin Stephenson, Jeff Lemire, Sarah Polley, Patrick Downie

Best Performance, Sketch Comedy (Individual or Ensemble)
Baroness von Sketch Show
CBC (CBC)
(Frantic Films)
Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen

Best Limited Series or Program
Alias Grace
CBC (CBC)
(Halfire Entertainment)
Noreen Halpern, Sarah Polley, Mary Harron, D.J. Carson

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

Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series
Alias Grace
CBC (CBC)
(Halfire Entertainment)
Sarah Gadon

SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES

Golden Screen Award for TV Drama
Murdoch Mysteries
CBC (CBC)
Shaftesbury
Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Yannick Bisson, Peter Mitchell, David Clarke

Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show
The Amazing Race Canada
CTV (Bell Media)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Steve Millman, Catherine Petersen

Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film

Clark Johnson, actor, director,
Photo of Clark Johnson © 2018 R.A.Lucas

De père en flic 2 – Denise Robert, Émile Gaudreault
(Les Films Séville)

Best First Feature Award, supported by Telefilm Canada
Sadaf Foroughi – Ava

Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute, supported by Indigo
Margaret Atwood

Academy Icon Award
Rick Mercer Report

Earle Grey Award
Clark Johnson

Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Mansbridge

COGECO FUND AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Elise Bauman – Carmella

 

Canadian Screen Awards – Take Two

Canadian Screen Awards - Take Two
Baroness von Sketch Show at the Canadian Screen Awards © 2018 R.A.Lucas

(March 8, 2018 – Toronto, ON)) One of the things about award shows is the friendly competition to see which production grabs the most trophies. That was the big thing about The Shape of Water. Imagine… 13 nominations and 4 Academy Awards. More than anyone else. That’s bragging rights and last night the CTV detective mini-series Cardinal took more than any other production with five trophies on the second of several nights of the Canadian Screen Awards. Cardinal’s haul included awards for best achievement in casting and best supporting actress for Allie MacDonald (pictured below).

Canadian Screen Awards, Allie MacDonald,
Photo of Allie MacDonald at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards © 2018 RA.Lucas.

Last night’s gathering honoured the creators of Canadian fiction television. These are the storytellers. The people with ideas, unique talents, dreams. However, on this night they are like kids at Christmas. Some walked away with treasure and others just got to enjoy the twinkling lights, glitter and being there with their fellow tribe members. The show, which wasn’t broadcast, was hosted by Kim’s Convenience costar Andrew Phung who did a cute bit when he phoned his mother on his cellphone and used the speaker option to get her to admonish the
Canadian Screen Awards, Sarah Polley,
Photo of Sarah Polley © 2018 by R.A.Lucas.
gathered crowd to settle down and stop talking. His show was nominated for a number of awards winning in the category of best supporting or guest actor, for Phung.

CBC’s Baroness von Sketch Show and Alias Grace tied with four awards each. The Sketch Show took trophies including best sketch comedy program or series and best writing in its genre. The mini-series Alias Grace, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, took awards for Sarah Polley who wrote the script and Mary Harron, who wasn’t at last night’s festivities, won for directing.

The TVOKids animated children’s series PAW Patrol was called to the stage three times for Best Preschool Program or Series. Orphan Black, now out of production but in syndication, won two trophies for its final season, including best writing in a drama series. CraveTV’s odd throwback comedy Letterkenny won best writing and best direction in a comedy and CBC’s Schitt’s Creek also got two nods, including best supporting actress for Emily Hampshire.

Global TV’s Mary Kills People won Best direction in a drama series and a best guest actor award for Steven McCarthy. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs also took two Canadian Screen Awards, including the top of category Best Animated Program or Series.

History’s Vikings, TVOKids’ Odd Squad, and YTV’s L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew, brought the series star Ella Ballentine her first Canadian Screen Award.

Canadian Screen Awards,Ella Ballentine,
Photo of Ella Ballentine © 2018 by R.A.Lucas

Things can get a little complicated for viewers when there’s more than one series with similar content. CBC also has their take on Canada’s most famous young women. A CBC-Netflix coproduction, Anne went into the night with a remarkable 13 nominations but by the night’s end, only R. H. Thomson won for his work on the series in the role of Matthew Cuthbert proudly unveiling his Best Supporting Actor Canadian Screen Award.

Wrapping up this look at the second night of the Canadian Screen Awards by the numbers, CBC, in partnership with its production partners, walked away with 12 awards from The Academy of Canadian Film & Television. The final awards show will be broadcast from the Sony Centre of Performing Arts on CBC at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. AT and 9:30 p.m. NT.

Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Take One.

Canadian Screen Awards – Take One

Canadian Screen Awards, image,

(March 7, 2018 – Toronto, ON) Just because the event wasn’t televised, you shouldn’t think Night One of the Canadian Screen Awards wasn’t full of glitz and glamour. About an hour before the awards show started staff of Toronto’s Westin Hotel were busy making sure the the stemware was spotless and the silver was shining. Meanwhile, on the other side iof the cavernous convention floor controlled chaos wrapped the Red Carpet area and to make sure there was glitz for everyone, the red carpet was actually a glittering gold.

The 2018 Canadian Screen Awards kicked off with a Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming. Hosted by Canadian Screen Award nominee and co-anchor of The Comedy Network’s The Beaverton, Miguel Rivas, everything non-fiction, from news shows to sports, Beth Johnson,documentaries and reality TV, creators, journalists and storytellers were spotlighted to highlight their winning achievements.

 
“What a great way to kick-off Canadian Screen Week, and the Canadian Screen Awards, with tonight’s award gala honouring excellence in Non-Fiction Programming,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “It’s important to recognize those who dedicate their lives to gathering news and information to keep Canadians informed about local and world events. A huge congratulations to all the winners!”
 
Following is the complete list 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Non-Fiction Category Winners:

Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series
CBC News: the fifth estate – Cross Lake: This is Where I Live
CBC (CBC)
(CBC News)
Gillian Findlay

Best News Anchor, Local
British Columbia Votes
CBC British Columbia (CBC)
(CBC British Columbia)
Andrew Chang

Best Reportage, National
Global National – Ontario’s Troubled Probation System
CHAN (Corus Entertainment)
(Global News)
Mike Omelus, Dawna Friesen, Carolyn Jarvis

Best News or Information Segment
APTN Investigates – Against Their Will
APTN (APTN)
(APTN)
Cullen Crozier, Holly Moore, Paul Barnsley

Best News or Information Program
Terror
Viceland (Rogers Media)
(Vice Studio Canada Inc.)
Jack Armstrong, Canadian Screen Awards,
Suroosh Alvi, Bernardo Loyola, Peter Salisbury, Michael Kronish, Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti

Best Sports Analyst
Raptors Basketball on TSN
TSN (Bell Media)
(Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment)
Jack Armstrong (pictured)

Best Sports Feature Segment
Sound of Thunder
TSN (Bell Media)
(TSN)
Matt Dorman, Brent Blanchard, Devon Burns, Kevin Fallis

Best Sports Opening/Tease
2016 Grey Cup
TSN (Bell Media)
(TSN)
Craig Chambers, Devon Burns, Troy Hacock

Best Live Sports Event
Sponsor | Dome Productions
2016 MLS Cup
James Duthie, Canadian Screen Awards, 2018
TSN (Bell Media)
(TSN)
Jim Panousis, Steve Abitrante

Best Sports Host
2017 TradeCentre
TSN (Bell Media)
(TSN)
James Duthie (pictured)

Best Photography, News or Information
CBC News: The National – Dancing Towards the Light
CBC (CBC)
(CBC News)
Ed Ou, Kitra Cahana

Best Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition
The Amazing Race Canada – Can I See Your Kuna?
CTV (Bell Media)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
Ryan Shaw
 
Best Photography, Documentary or Factual
Abandoned – Newfoundland Coast
Viceland (Rogers Media)
(Vice Studio Canada Inc.)
Alex Craig, David Ehrenreich
 
Best Picture Editing, Documentary
Canada In A Day
CTV (Bell Media)
(Screen Siren Pictures)
Nick Hector
 
Best Picture Editing, Reality/Competition
The Amazing Race Canada – Finale
CTV (Bell Media)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
Al Manson, Jonathan Dowler, Clare Elson, John Niedzielski, Jay Prychidny, Jordan Wood,
Michael Tersigni
 
Best Picture Editing, Factual
Hello Goodbye – Lean on Me
CBC (CBC)
(FORTÉ Entertainment Inc.)
Derek Esposito
 
Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series
Science Max: Experiments at Large
TVOKids (TVO)
(Breakthrough Entertainment)
Nat Abraham, Michael McGuigan, Ira Levy, Peter Williamson, Joan Lambur, Phil McCordic, Leanne Brennan

Best Variety or Entertainment Special
P.K. Subban: Shots Fired
CBC (CBC)
(Juste Pour Rire TV Inc.)
Bruce Hills
 
Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research
W5: Making a Terrorist
CTV (Bell Media)
(CTV News W5)
Madeline McNair, Brennan Lefler, Victor Malarek
 
Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research
League of Exotique Dancers
documentary Channel (CBC)
(Storyline Entertainment)
Erin Chisholm
 
Best Writing, Factual
Still Standing – Fort McMurray
CBC (CBC)
(Frantic Films)
Jonny Harris, Fraser Young, Steve Dylan, Graham Chittenden
 
Best Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition
The Amazing Race Canada – We Just Saw Johnny Mustard
CTV (Bell Media)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
Mark Lysakowski, Jennifer Pratt, Rob Brunner
 
Best Writing, Documentary
Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic
CBC (CBC)
(Dam Builder Productions)
Robert Osborne

Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series
The Wild Canadian Year
CBC (CBC)
(River Road Films Ltd. (Wild Year Productions Ltd.))
Jeff Turner, Sue Turner, Caroline Underwood

Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series
Rush: Time Stand Still
HBO Canada (Bell Media)
(Fadoo Productions)
Allan Weinrib, Pegi Cecconi, Ray Danniels, John Virant, Corey Russell

Best Factual Series
Mayday
Discovery Channel (Bell Media)
(Cineflix (Mayday 16) Inc.)
Alex Bystram, Kim Bondi, Martin Pupp

Best History Documentary Program or Series
The Nature of Things with David Suzuki: Lost Secrets of the Pyramid
CBC (CBC)
(Alibi Entertainment, Windfall Films)
Alan Handel, James Hyslop, Carlo Massarella, Dan Kendall

Best Documentary Program
RISE
Viceland (Rogers Media)
(Vice Studio Canada Inc.)
Michelle Latimer, Tania Natscheff, Bernardo Loyola, Patrick McGuire, Heather Rae, Michael Kronish, Spike Jonze, Eddy Moretti, Shane Smith

Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism
Karyn Pugliese

Best Original Music, Non-Fiction
Sponsor | YANGAROO
The Secret Path
CBC (CBC)
(Secret Path Film Inc.)
Gord Downie, Kevin Drew, Dave Hamelin
 
Best Sound, Non-Fiction
Where The Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris
TVO (TVO)
(White Pine Pictures)
Sanjay Mehta, Ian Rodness, Steve Blair, Dustin Harris
 
Best Production Design or Art Direction, Non-Fiction
Big Brother Canada – Finale
Global (Corus Entertainment)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
Peter Faragher, Kevin Halliday, Aaron Scholl, Andy Roskaft
 
Best Direction, Live Sports Event
2016 MLS Cup
TSN (Bell Media)
(TSN)
Richard Wells
 
Best Direction, Lifestyle or Information
Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast
CBC (CBC)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
David Russell
 
Best Direction, Reality/Competition
The Amazing Race Canada – Finale
CTV (Bell Media)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
Rob Brunner
 
Best Direction, Documentary or Factual Series
Real Vikings: Viking Women
History (Corus Entertainment)
(Take 5 Productions)
Rebecca Snow
 
Best Direction, Documentary Program
Canada In A Day
CTV (Bell Media)
(Screen Siren Pictures)
Trish Dolman
 
Best Host in a Live Program or Series
Sponsor | Corus Entertainment
Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast
CBC (CBC)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
Rick Mercer
 
Best Talk Program or Series
The Marilyn Denis Show
CTV (Bell Media)
(Bell Media Studios)
Michelle Crespi, John Simpson
 
Best Lifestyle Program or Series
Sponsor | Corus Entertainment
Property Brothers
HGTV (Corus Entertainment)
(Cineflix (Property Brothers 6) Inc.)
Gerard Barry, Drew Scott, Jonathan Scott, Kim Bondi, Jessica Vander Kooij
 
Best Live Entertainment Special
The JUNO Awards 2017
CTV (Bell Media)
(Insight Production Company Ltd.)
John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Randy Lennox, Allan Reid, Mark Cohon, Lindsay Cox, Pam De Montmorency, Tracy Galvin, Kristeen Von Hagen, Luciano Casimiri, Mark Vreeken, Howard Baggley, Simon Bowers, Doug McClement, Alex Nadon
 
Best News or Information Series
CBC News: the fifth estate
CBC (CBC)
(CBC News)
Jim Williamson, Julian Sher
 
Best Host in a Program or Series
Your Special Canada
CBC (CBC)
(The Fantastic Hour Inc.)
Jonathan Torrens
 
Best Local Newscast
CBC News: Vancouver at 6
CBC British Columbia (CBC)
(CBC Vancouver)
Alexandra Gibb, Joan Marshall, Eric Rankin, Natalie Clancy, Amar Parmar
 
Best National Newscast
CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme
CTV (Bell Media)
(CTV News)
Heather Hiscox, Canadian Screen Awards,
Lisa LaFlamme, David Hughes, Rosa Hwang, Allan Myers, Allan Black

Best News Anchor, National
CBC News Network with Heather Hiscox
CBC News Network (CBC)
(CBC News)
Heather Hiscox (pictured)
 
Best Reportage, Local
CBC News: Vancouver at 6 – Kati’s Story
CBC British Columbia (CBC)
(CBC Vancouver)
Eric Rankin, Cliff Shim, Amar Parmar
 
Best News Special
Fort McMurray: The Road Back
Global Edmonton (Corus Entertainment)
(Global News Edmonton)
Deb Zinck, Kerry Powell, Darcy Craig, Christine Meadows, Kent Morrison, Fletcher Kent

Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer
2016 MLS Cup
TSN (Bell Media)
(TSN)
Luke Wileman

Best Sports Program or Series
Aaron Sanchez – Limitless
Sportsnet (Rogers Media)
(Sportsnet)
Paul Sidhu, Stephen Brunt, Elia Saikaly, Mark Wade, Marc LeBlanc

 
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. Dedicated to recognizing, advocating for, and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television, and digital media sectors, more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists, and students.

 The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week, an annual celebration of excellence in media features a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations, and which culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30)

ACTRA Names 2018 Woman of the Year

ACTRA Woman of the Year 2018,
Photo of Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell by Rex Deverell.

(March 6, 2018 – Toronto, ON) ACTRA has announced the name of their National Woman of the Year for 2018. Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell, best known as a television broadcaster and social activist and a recipient of the Order of Canada, was born in Texas but moved to Canada in 1967. She began her television career in 1972 as the producer of a children’s television program and two years later joined CBC Television as a journalist, including a stint with Take 30. She left in 1983 to become a journalism professor at the University of Regina, and in 1988 she left there to become one of the founders of Vision TV. She also served as News Director for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) from 2002 to 2005.

“In addition to being a gifted artist, Rita is a trailblazer and role model who continues to inspire,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “From her instructive performances to her pioneering work as a broadcaster, Rita has also shown a passion for social justice through her work on industry boards and councils in Canada. We’re proud to add ACTRA’s name to the list of the many organizations that have already recognized Rita for her outstanding contributions to her community and industry.”

An ACTRA member since 1974, Deverell coordinated ACTRA’s earliest study on diversity, Equal Opportunities to Perform, in 1987, and served on the ACTRA Saskatchewan Branch Council and the National Executive in the 1970s and ‘80s.

“It is a totally energizing surprise to have this wonderful honour from my fellow Canadian media artists drop out of the sky, said Rita Shelton Deverell upon being named ACTRA Woman of the Year. “International Women’s Day marks a great moment for me, like ACTRA, to keep on keeping on, with relevant and delightful art, social justice, and equity for the under-represented.”

Deverell has been named to the Maclean’s Honour Roll of Outstanding Canadians and to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She has also been a board member of Obsidian Theatre Company, a Toronto company which specializes in Black Canadian drama. She is a two-time Gemini award-winner and has received numerous other awards in recognition of her work and career achievements, including Women in Film & Television – Toronto’s (WIFT-T) Crystal Award in 1995 and the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Network Leadership Award in 2010. She has served on the boards of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, OCAD University, WIFT-T and Women in the Director’s Chair. She is also an active volunteer with both the Canadian Senior Artists Research Network and MediaSmarts and is a Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum. Her Order of Canada was given in 2005.
 
 
The ACTRA Woman of the Year Award is bestowed annually on an ACTRA member who uses her passion to support her fellow female ACTRA members and women within the audiovisual industry as a whole. Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell joins past recipients Shirley Douglas, Tantoo Cardinal, Sandi Ross, Mary Walsh, Jean Freeman, Amanda Tapping, Catherine Joell MacKinnon and Tina Keeper.
 
ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.

 

The Shape of Water Wins 4

The Shape of Water, image,
Image from The Shape of Water courtesy of FOX Searchlight Pictures.

(March 5, 2018 – Toronto, ON) The Shape of Water has won four Oscars® at the 90th Academy Awards including Best Picture against some strong competition from the films Get Out, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The film also took Academy Awards for Best Score, Best Production Design and Guillermo del Toro was honoured with the Oscar® for Achievement in Direction. It was his first nomination for Best Picture. He had been nominated in 2007 for best original screenplay and best foreign language film for Pan’s Labyrinth.

Speaking about how the film came to be made, the Mexican-born director said, “The place I like to live the most is at Fox Searchlight because in 2014, they came to listen to a mad pitch with some drawings and the story and a maquette. And they believed that a fairy tale about an amphibian god and mute woman done in the style of Douglas Sirk, and a musical and a thriller was a sure bet.” Canadian producer J. Miles Dale was on hand and joined del Toro on stage.

Canadian Production Designers Paul Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau shared the trophy for crafting the look of the Cold War-era merman romance. Viau said, “A big thank you to our amazing crew back in Toronto. Without you guys we definitely wouldn’t be here today, thank you.”

Having led the nominations list with 13, The Shape of Water won best film at the Critics’ Choice awards and the Producers Guild awards, but lost out to Three Billboards at both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.

Other Canadian wins include Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 which took home the Oscar® for Achievement in Visual Effects. Visual effects supervisors John Nelson, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover, along with special effects supervisor Gerd Nefzer, all took the stage to accept the award. Roger A. Deakins, considered one of the best cinematographers in the world with 13 Oscars nominations finally got his hands on the coveted trophy when he won for Achievement in Cinematography for his work on Denis Villeneuve’s film.

The Breadwinner lost out to Coco for Best Animated Feature.

Also see: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale talk backstage at the 90th Academy Awards.

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