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(February 16, 2022 – Toronto, ON) When you hear people say something like “…it’s nice just to be nominated,” they’re telling the truth. This applies to any kind of award, from an Oscar® to an Emmy to a Canadian Screen Award (CSA) to something handed out by a small organization in a forgotten corner of middle Earth.

Since the CSA nominations were announced we’ve been mildly inundated by various companies touting their nomination count and, why not. Good work honoured in any way is worth applauding and as we try to do that for Canadian film and television every day (since 1998), here’s a look a some of the well deserved chest pounding.

CBC/RADIO-CANADA was first to let us know how well they had done. “Well” doesn’t quite describe it. Canada’s national broadcaster ended up with a total of 295 CSA nominations. Without getting into all the details, CBC NEWS received 28 nominations in 22 network, local and digital categories. CBC’s original scripted programming earned 124 nominations. CBC’s original unscripted, arts and documentary programming received 75 nominations. As mentioned in our original coverage, the comedy series Sort Of topped the nomination count with 13 nods including Best Comedy Series. CBC and its documentary Channel received a total of 33 nominations and CBC SPORTS received nine nominations. CBC’s contribution to feature and short film production received 59 nominations, which includes some productions up for Best Film award including Night Raiders, Wildhood and All My Puny Sorrows.

Shaftsbury is one of Canada’s most successful production companies behind series like Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries and Hudson & Rex. The company received 19 nominations spread between several titles. Murdoch Mysteries led with 9 including Best Lead Actor, Drama Series for Yannick Bisson; Best Guest Performance, Drama Series for Peter Keleghan and Best Direction, Drama Series for both Sharon Lewis and Warren Sonoda.

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Rebecca Liddiard at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. Photo © 2019 by R.A.Lucas.
A Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series nomination went to Rebecca Liddiard for her work on Frankie Drake Mysteries, and a Best Direction, Drama Series nomination went to Tracey Deer for her work on Hudson & Rex.

Shaftesbury’s Murdoch Mysteries is now in its 15th season. There should be an award for longevity.

Other nominations from TV include for Best Lead Actor, Peter Mooney (Burden of Truth) Roger Cross (Coroner) Victor Garber (Family Law) and Hamza Haq (Transplant), which we will be adding to our database ASAP. Best Lead Actress nominations include Kristin Kreuk (Burden of Truth) Vinessa Antoine (Diggstown) Serinda Swan (Coroner) Laurence Leboeuf (Transplant) and Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna Earp).

Super Channel programming recievd a total of 25 nominations, consisting of 10 television and digital nominations and 15 nominations for Super Channel supported feature films. The Super Channel Heart & Home feature Faith Heist from No Equal Entertainment was recognized with five nominations including Best Direction – TV Movie, Best Writing – TV Movie, as well as Best TV Movie.

Commissioned by the BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada in association with Super Channel, The North Water, a UK/Canada treaty co-production from Canada’s Rhombus Media and the UK’s See-Saw Films, received four nominations, including Best Drama Series. The five-part limited series is available on Super Channel Fuse, as well as streaming and On Demand. The Super Channel original true-crime documentary, Catching a Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur from Peacock Alley Entertainment was nominated as Best Documentary Program.

“We were ecstatic to see our deserving production partners recognized with Canadian Screen Award nominations,” said Don McDonald, President and CEO, Super Channel. “We are proud to bring these exceptional programs to our viewers and do our part to help elevate the discoverability of Canadian content to a national audience. We extend our warmest congratulations to all of the nominees.”

Northernstars joins with others in congratulating all nominees and all the nominees for television awards can be found online.

Also see: CSAs on CBC.