Flashpoint, Fitz score early Cana­dian Screen Awards

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — Flashpoint, Call Me Fitz and John A: Birth of a Coun­try head into Sun­day’s in­au­gu­ral Cana­dian Screen Awards with a lead­ing four tro­phies apiece af­ter an in­dus­try gala Thurs­day night handed out most of the prizes cel­e­brat­ing home­grown TV.

CTV’s cross-bor­der cop hit Flashpoint, which ended in De­cem­ber, won awards for writ­ing, di­rec­tion, mu­sic score and pic­ture edit­ing. It’s up for three more on Sun­day, in­clud­ing best drama.

The HBO Canada com­edy Call Me Fitz, star­ring Ja­son Pri­est­ley as a lewd car sales­man, won for di­rec­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy and sup­port­ing ac­tors Stu­art Mar­golin and Joanna Cassidy.

And the CBC-TV prime min­is­ter por­trait John A: Birth of a Coun­try nabbed awards for di­rec­tion, writ­ing, and per­for­mances by star Shawn Doyle and sup­port­ing ac­tor Peter Outer­bridge.

The Cana­dian Screen Awards, hon­our­ing the best in film and TV, take place Sun­day in Toronto with com­edy star Martin Short as host. It airs on CBC-TV.

The Os­car-nom­i­nated film Re­belle (or War Witch) is a lead­ing con­tender in the film cat­e­gories.

The awards re­place the pre­vi­ously sep­a­rate Gemini and Ge­nie Awards.

Thurs­day’s gala at the Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre handed out a to­tal of 46 tro­phies in the cat­e­gories of drama, chil­dren’s or youth, com­edy and va­ri­ety.

CBC-TV’s The Rick Mercer Report won three prizes, in­clud­ing best mu­sic, va­ri­ety, sketch com­edy or talk pro­gram or se­ries.

The show also won tro­phies for Mercer’s per­for­mance as well as its writ­ing.

Sev­eral se­ries net­ted two awards apiece, in­clud­ing The Movie Net­work/ HBO Canada com­edy Less Than Kind, which won for writ­ing and pic­ture edit­ing.

De­grassi won a di­rect­ing nod and was named best chil­dren’s or youth fic­tion pro­gram or se­ries.

Best achieve­ment in cast­ing went to Space’s re­cently can­celled com­edy/hor­ror se­ries Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, which also won a tro­phy for best sound.

Other two-time win­ners in­cluded Global’s Bomb Girls (best pro­duc­tion de­sign or art di­rec­tion and best cos­tume de­sign); The Borgias, which aired on Bravo (best pho­tog­ra­phy and best sound); and CBC-TV’s Art­zooka! (best chil­dren’s or youth non-fic­tion pro­gram or se­ries, and a host nod for Jeremie Saun­ders).

Life­time’s Magic Be­yond Words: The J.K. Rowl­ing Story clinched the ti­tle of best dra­matic minis­eries or TV movie.

In­di­vid­ual per­for­mance win­ners in­cluded Os­car-win­ner Christo­pher Plum­mer for his star­ring role in a filmed stage pro­duc­tion of The Tem­pest, which aired on Bravo, and Gor­don Pin­sent for his guest turn on CBC-TV’s Repub­lic of Doyle.

Wendy Crew­son also got a nod for her sup­port­ing role in CTV’s med­i­cal drama Sav­ing Hope, while Emily Os­ment won for best ac­tress in a drama or minis­eries in ABC Fam­ily’s Cy­ber­bully.

Sex and the City star Kim Cat­trall, who voices the TVtropo­lis an­i­mated se­ries Pro­duc­ing Parker that re­ceived two Cana­dian Screen Awards on Wed­nes­day, got a spe­cial prize for her body of work.

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