Maudie’s big night
Biopic, Kim’s Convenience among multiple award winners
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.”
Paul sun-hyung Lee of Kim’s convenience with his trophy.