Orphan Black and Schitt’s Creek capture key Canadian Screen Awards

Orphan Black and Schitt’s Creek were multiple television category winners during Sunday’s broadcast of the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, dubbed the Candys by host Norm Macdonald in memory of the late John Candy.

“Never has there been so much Canadian talent in one place that hasn’t had to be zambonied first,” host Norm Macdonald joked in front of those assembled in Toronto’s Sony Centre on Sunday night. Orphan Black leads Tatiana Maslany and Ari Millen won in the Best Actress and Best Actor in a Drama while Schitt’s Creek‘s Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy took awards for Best Actress and Actor in the Comedy categories and the series won for Best Comedy Series. City’s off-the-wall sketch comedy Sunnyside beat out favourites Rick Mercer Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes for Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Series.

“We’re the new kids on the block. It’s a weird show and we’re weird in it. It’s overwhelming,” Sunnyside‘s Kathleen Phillips said in the media room following their win. Gritty cop drama 19-2 outpaced Blackstone, Motive, Saving Hope and X Company for Best Dramatic Series.

Here are the winners in the television categories (denoted by blue):

Non-televised
Best International Drama
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Vikings

Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show
The Amazing Race Canada
Big Brother Canada
Canada’s Smartest Person
Dragons’ Den
MasterChef Canada

Televised
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Adrian Holmes, 19-2
Jared Keeso, 19-2
Ari Millen, Orphan Black
Ben Bass, Rookie Blue
Aaron Poole, Strange Empire

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Brittany LaBorgne, Mohawk Girls
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Belinda Cornish, Tiny Plastic Men

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
Gerry Dee, Mr. D
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Dave Foley, Spun Out

Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
The Second City Project
Sunnyside
Rick Mercer Report

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Kristin Lehman, Motive
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Megan Follows, Reign
Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue
Jennie Raymond, Sex & Violence

Fan’s Choice Award
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Natasha Negovanlis, Carmilla
Yannick Bisson, Murdoch Mysteries

Best TV Movie or Limited Series
The Book of Negroes
First Response
Forget and Forgive
Kept Woman
Studio Black!

Golden Screen Award for TV Drama/Comedy
The Book of Negroes
Corner Gas: The Movie
Murdoch Mysteries
Rookie Blue
Saving Hope

Best Dramatic Series
19-2
Blackstone
Motive
Saving Hope
X Company

Best Comedy Series
Mr. D
Mohawk Girls
Schitt’s Creek
Tiny Plastic Men
Young Drunk Punk

Were you happy with who won? What did you think of the broadcast and/or Norm Macdonald as host? Comment below or via @tv_eh.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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One thought on “Orphan Black and Schitt’s Creek capture key Canadian Screen Awards”

  1. Norm McDonald did a GREAT job IMO. Overall, a pretty good show…just a few clunky presenter moments. Jacob Tremblay shows incredible poise for someone his age and the interaction between him and Christopher Plummer was fun. Great to see Schitt’s Creek do so well. And I don’t know if it was really scripted or not but I liked how so many of the presenters and award recipients quickly jumped on the Candy bandwagon. While the late John Candy may not have had an extensive enough career to actually deserve such an honour, it does make for a catchy and fun name as Norm McDonald mentioned, so, let’s hope there is plenty more Candy for Canada’s screen industry for many more years to come!

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