Maudie’s big night

Biopic, Kim’s Con­ve­nience among mul­ti­ple award win­ners

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Entertainment -

Maudie, star­ring re­cent Os­car nom­i­nee Sally Hawkins as re­al­life Nova Sco­tia folk artist Maud Lewis and Ethan Hawke as her fish ped­dler hus­band, took a lead­ing seven film tro­phies on Sun­day as light-hearted Canuck jokes mixed with po­lit­i­cally charged speeches at the Cana­dian Screen Awards.

The Canada-ire­land co-pro­duc­tion won best pic­ture as well as best sup­port­ing ac­tor for Hawke and best ac­tress for Hawkins, who was re­cently nom­i­nated for an Os­car for her star­ring turn in the On­tario-shot, Academy Award-win­ning film The Shape of Wa­ter.

Maudie’s other wins in­cluded best di­rec­tion for Ais­ling Walsh and best orig­i­nal screen­play for Sherry White.

Another East Coast story took a top hon­our on the TV side.

Cbc/net­flix’s Anne, fea­tur­ing the plucky Prince Ed­ward Is­land hero­ine from Lucy Maud Mont­gomery’s clas­sic novel, was named best drama se­ries for cre­ators Moira Wal­ley-beck­ett and Mi­randa de Pencier.

Cast mem­ber R. H. Thom­son landed a sup­port­ing-ac­tor tro­phy ear­lier in the week, re­sult­ing in just two wins for the se­ries that had a lead­ing 13 nom­i­na­tions.

The Academy of Cana­dian Cinema & Tele­vi­sion puts on the Cana­dian Screen Awards, which handed out awards in 132 cat­e­gories that also in­cluded tele­vi­sion and dig­i­tal me­dia. The bulk of the tro­phies were handed out ear­lier in the week. Sun­day’s show aired from Toronto’s Sony Cen­tre of Per­form­ing Arts on CBC.

Co-hosts Jonny Har­ris and Emma Hunter of­fered light­hearted ban­ter about Canada that was bal­anced out by on­stage re­marks from at­ten­dees about di­ver­sity, in­clu­sion and gen­der in­clu­sion on­screen and off.

“I think a show like Kim’s Con­ve­nience is proof that rep­re­sen­ta­tion mat­ters,’’ said Paul Sun-hyung Lee, who won an act­ing tro­phy for Kim’s Con­ve­nience, which also won best com­edy se­ries.

“When you give peo­ple a voice, other peo­ple start lis­ten­ing, and when peo­ple start lis­ten­ing, things start to change.”

Peter Power/the Cana­dian Press

Paul sun-hyung Lee of Kim’s con­ve­nience with his tro­phy.

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