Scarborough Leads at CSAs 2022
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher
(April 11, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Last night’s broadcast of the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards swapped the glitz and glamour of a flashy awards show for an intimate and at times emotional 60-minute look into the state of Canadian film still held in the grip of a seemingly unstoppable pandemic. But each vignette, each award recipient did the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television proud by being, simply, Canadian. No high drama here, just honest and at times quite touching speeches.
Last week we called Scarborough “the little film that could,” and last night it continued to climb the hill and was not derailed in its journey to a few more awards including the coveted Best Motion Picture award. Scarborough’s very young first-time actor Liam Diaz was honoured with an award for Performance by a Lead Actor. Co-directors Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson shared the Achievement in Direction award. The film previously picked up 5 CSAs in the Craft categories taking a total of 8 Canadian Screen Awards, including the prestigious John Dunning Best First Feature Film Award, which comes with a $25,000 cash prize from the John Dunning Foundation.
CTV’s Transplant led television honours, winning eight Canadian Screen Awards including: Best Drama Series; Best Lead Actor, Drama Series for Hamza Haq; and Best Lead Actress, Drama Series for Laurence Leboeuf.
The fifth and final season of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience took home three Canadian Screen Awards: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee for Best Lead Actor, Comedy; Jean Yoon for Best Lead Actress, Comedy; and Andrew Phung for Best Supporting Actor, Comedy, marking his fifth win in this category.
Following is the complete list of winners at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards.
Best film — Scarborough
Best drama series — Transplant
Best comedy series — Sort Of
Best documentary film — Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
Audience choice award — Wynonna Earp
Best film director — Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson, for Scarborough
Best actor in a leading film role — Liam Diaz, Scarborough
Best actress in a leading film role — Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, for Night Raiders
Best actor, comedy — Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kim’s Convenience
Best actress, comedy — Jean Yoon, Kim’s Convenience
Best actress, drama series — Laurence Leboeuf, Transplant
Best actor, drama series — Hamza Haq, Transplant
Northernstars congratulates all the nominees and award recipients at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards.
Also see: The Magic of Scarborough.
Ralph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.