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Canadian Screen Awards – Night 1

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Photo of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards © 2019 by Ralph Lucas for Northernstars.ca

Canadian Screen Awards – Night 1
by Staff Editors

(April 5, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Last night the first of the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards were handed out by the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television. Devoted to Broadcast News and Documentary & Factual productions, the category is narrow enough that upsets are possible and while the general audience may not be as interested in this round as they are when the stars come out for the big film awards, the awards do recognize excellence in an important area of our film and television industry.

When the topic is news and awards, it is assumed the biggies, Global, CBC and CTV are the only players. Last night, APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network walked away with a tidy little bundle of trophies, including Best News or Information Segment, Best News or Information Series, and this may surprise many, Best National Reporter. CTV did just fine with awards in Best Host or Interviewer, News or Information, Best Local Newscast for its Toronto program, and Lisa LaFlamme was named Best News Anchor, National. CBC’s The Fifth Estate episode 13 Deadly Hours won for Best News or Information Program. The network also won for Best Live News Special, Best Photography, News or Information, Best Local Reporter for their Vancouver outlet and Best National Newscast.

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Promotional still from Oscar Peterson: Black + White courtesy of Melbar Entertainment.

There is a long list of winners in the technical categories, things like the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research, or Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary. Other categories include Best Direction, Documentary Program, which went to Barry Avrich for his latest film Oscar Peterson Black & White. The doc also won an Award for Bell Media’s Crave network for Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series. The Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series went to TVO for its program, Borealis. The Best Documentary Program award went to the chilling episode on Bruce McArthur for the Super Channel series, Catching a Serial Killer. The award for Best Direction, Documentary Series went to CBC’s Being Black in Halifax.

Screen Week 2022 continues tonight. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday, April 5:
Sports Programming Awards
Digital & Immersive Awards

Wednesday, April 6:
Children’s & Animation Awards
Lifestyle & Reality Awards

Thursday, April 7:
Drama & Comedy Crafts Awards
Scripted Programs & Performance Awards

Friday, April 8:
Cinematic Arts Awards

Sunday, April 10:
2022 Canadian Screen Awards on CBC and CBC Gem