‘Room,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ lead nom­i­na­tions for Cana­dian Screen Awards

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY CAS­SAN­DRA SZKLARSKI THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

The Os­car-nom­i­nated dra­matic fea­ture “Room” and the CBC-TV sit­com “Schitt’s Creek” lead the film and TV nom­i­nees seek­ing hard­ware at the Cana­dian Screen Awards.

“Room” tops the film com­pe­ti­tion with 11 nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing one for best pic­ture.

The Canada-Ire­land co-pro­duc­tion is in a crowded field of a record 10 con­tenders, in­clud­ing the cel­e­brated Canada-U.K.Ire­land co-pro­duc­tion “Brook­lyn,” which is also up for Os­cars.

“Schitt’s Creek” tops the TV side with 14 nom­i­na­tions, half of them in act­ing cat­e­gories. Father-and-son stars Eu­gene and Dan Levy face off in the cat­e­gory for best ac­tor in a com­edy.

It com­petes for the ti­tle of best TV com­edy against the CBC/City laugher “Mr. D,” APTN’s “Mo­hawk Girls,” Su­per Chan­nel’s “Tiny Plas­tic Men,” and the City/CBC sit­com “Young Drunk Punk.”

Close be­hind is Space’s “Or­phan Black” with 13 nom­i­na­tions, al­though it was shut out of the best TV drama cat­e­gory. That race will be be­tween Bravo’s “19-2,” APTN’s “Black­stone,” CTV’s “Mo­tive, CTV’s “Sav­ing Hope” and CBC’s “X Com­pany.”

Other best film nom­i­nees in­clude “Corbo,” “The Demons,” “Felix and Meira,” “The For­bid­den Room,” “My In­tern­ship in Canada,” “Our Loved Ones,” “Re­mem­ber” and “Sleep­ing Gi­ant.”

But “Room” is the clear fron­trun­ner, es­pe­cially af­ter nab­bing four Os­car nom­i­na­tions last week in­clud­ing a best di­rec­tor nod for Ire­land’s Lenny Abra­ham­son, a best ac­tress nom­i­na­tion for U.S. star­let Brie Lar­son, and best adapted screen­play recog­ni­tion for Ir­ish-Cana­dian scribe Emma Donoghue.

“Room” co-star Tom McCa­mus said he was pleased to see the Cana­dian awards also hand the film nods for best di­rec­tor, best ac­tress, best ac­tor for nineyear-old Ja­cob Trem­blay, and best sup­port­ing ac­tress for Joan Allen.

“You sort of al­ways hope that you do a film that you like and that (this) kind of thing is go­ing to hap­pen, but you never ex­pect it to hap­pen. And it hap­pened this time,” said McCa­mus, who got a TV act­ing nom­i­na­tion for his role in CBC’s “King John.”

Based on Donoghue’s cel­e­brated 2010 novel “Room,” about a five-year-old boy raised in cap­tiv­ity with his mother.

The Cana­dian Screen Awards will be broad­cast on CBC-TV on March 13. The an­nual gala cel­e­brates the best in Cana­dian film, tele­vi­sion and dig­i­tal me­dia.

Comic Norm Macdon­ald will host the cer­e­mony, where Martin Short is set to re­ceive a life­time achieve­ment award.

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