Everything about Awards, eh?

Martin Short to host the 2014 Screenies

From a media release:


  • Award show honours excellence in Canadian film and television

Celebrated actor and comedian Martin Short is set to host the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards once again, following a memorable performance at last year’s inaugural ceremony. The awards will be broadcast live on CBC-TV on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

“I’m thrilled to be back hosting the Canadian Screen Awards,” said Short. “Actually it’s more than a thrill, it’s a contractual obligation.”

“We are eager to see what Martin Short has in store for us at this year’s awards, as we celebrate the best in Canadian talent,” said Jennifer Dettman, executive director of Studio and Unscripted Programming. “Last year he pulled out all the stops, making the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards an unforgettable night. He is such a renowned entertainer, and we are honoured to have him as our host for the second year in a row.”

Both an SCTV and Saturday Night Live alumnus, Short is one of Canada’s most successful film and television comedians. The Hamilton, Ontario native’s career spans not only the big and small screens, but the stage as well, where he won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway revival of Little Me. In addition to starring in his own television series and specials, Short’s film career includes starring roles in Three Amigos and the Father of the Bride movies, with television roles in the American legal thriller Damages and next season’s Mulaney.

Screenies Special Award winners announced

From a media release:

Canadian Screen Awards reveal Academy Special Award winners Semi Chellas, David Cronenberg, Alanis Obomsawin, Alan Sawyer & W5 honoured

The Academy Special Award winners for the 2014 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Margaret Collier Award — For a Writer’s Exceptional Contribution to Canadian Television sponsored by Halfire-CORE Entertainment
You’ve heard her words on Mad Men, Rookie Blue and The Eleventh Hour: three-time Gemini Award winner and Emmy-nominated writer and screenwriter Semi Chellas is the deserving recipient of this year’s Margaret Collier Award. Born in Palo Alto, raised in Calgary and based in Toronto, Chellas was co-creator of the critically acclaimed prime-time Gemini Award winning series The Eleventh Hour, recently wrote the TV movie Murder on Her Mind and also authored the Gemini/Emmy nominated Dead Aviators for Showtime/CBC, as well as directed a series of short films. She is Co-Executive Producer of Mad Men.

Lifetime Achievement Award (FILM & TV) — For Exceptional Contribution to the Canadian Film & Television Industry
Innovative Toronto filmmaker, screenwriter and actor David Cronenberg has reimagined the cinematic landscape with such groundbreaking body horror and sci-fi films as Rabid, Videodrome, Dead Ringers and Crash. With his films tallying more than $230.7 million at the worldwide box office, Cronenberg, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has been rewarded for his unique, imaginative and progressive artistic vision with the Cannes Film Festival’s Carrosse d’Or; the Légion d’honneur in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. “David Cronenberg: Evolution” – a Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) exhibition honouring his work, opens October 30.

Humanitarian Award (FILM & TV) — For Exceptional Contributions to Community & Public Service
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Québec, Order of Canada Officer Alanis Obomsawin is an Abenaki-Canadian documentarian credited with chronicling First Nations culture and history for more than 40 years. This year’s Humanitarian Award winner has been previously honoured with The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Obomsawin’s latest documentary — 2013’s Hi-Ho Mistahey! — premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September.

Digital Media Trailblazing Award (posthumously) — For an Outstanding Achievement in Canadian Digital Media sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
Emmy-Award winning trans-media storytelling consultant and interactive content creator Alan Sawyer is this year’s Digital Media Trailblazing Award recipient for his efforts in advancing the development of and interaction between digital platforms and more traditional media. Sawyer was interested in the policy implications of changing media and media consumption and worked with the CRTC and other organizations to improve our understanding. Sawyer was also a matchmaking liaison between producers, broadcasters and emerging digital media companies, and a teacher, mentor and friend to many who worked in this still emerging field.

Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism (TV) — To Honour Exceptional Contributions in Canadian Television Journalism
W5, the longest-running newsmagazine/documentary program in North America, is the recipient of this year’s Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. A forerunner and direct inspiration of CBS’ acclaimed 60 Minutes, W5 was launched by CTV News in 1966 and has been hosted by a number of prominent journalists, including Michael Maclear, Henry Champ, Helen Hutchinson, Eric Malling and the current lineup of Lloyd Robertson, Sandie Rinaldo, Kevin Newman, Lisa LaFlamme, Victor Malarek and Tom Kennedy. W5 airs Saturday nights at 7 p.m. on CTV.


Mr. D and 22 Minutes among Canadian Comedy Award winners

From the Ottawa Citizen:

MacDonald, Kohler among winners at Comedy Awards
In the Best TV Show category, Mr. D., starring Gerry Dee, and the ensemble program This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Season 20, shared the award. They were competing with The Ron James Show, Season IV, Seed and Crown the Town with Ryan Long. Continue reading.


Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany wins Television Critics Association Award

From a media release:

Space Congratulates Tatiana Maslany on Television Critics Association Award Win for Her Role in Original Series ORPHAN BLACK

  • Regina-native Maslany received her award for Individual Achievement In Drama tonight in Los Angeles
  • Season 1 airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Aug. 16 on CTV
  • Season 2 premieres Spring 2014, exclusively on Space

Space congratulates ORPHAN BLACK’s Tatiana Maslany on her TCA Award win in the Individual Achievement in Drama category, as announced by The Television Critics Association earlier this evening in Los Angeles. The star of the hit Space original series from Temple Street Productions, produced in partnership with BBC America, was honoured at the 29th Annual TCA Awards for her critically-acclaimed work in ORPHAN BLACK, beating out other TV powerhouses including Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD), Vera Farmiga (BATES MOTEL), Monica Potter (PARENTHOOD), and Matthew Rhys (THE AMERICANS). To date, Maslany has wowed audiences by portraying seven distinct clones in ORPHAN BLACK, including streetwise hustler Sarah Manning, Detective Beth Childs, German Katja Obinger, soccer mom Alison Hendrix, PHD student Cosima Niehaus, the unpredictable Helena, and the mysterious pro-clone Rachel Duncan.

Bell Media recently announced that beginning Aug. 16, ORPHAN BLACK will make its network premiere on CTV, Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times) and on the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV. Production on Season 2 of ORPHAN BLACK is set to begin in late September in Toronto, and will premiere in Spring 2014, exclusively on Space.

A Regina-born actor now living in Toronto, Tatiana Maslany is a rising star who has been acting for over 15 years in film, television, theatre, and radio. She has amassed an incredibly impressive resume with leading roles in many features including The Vow and Kate Melville’s buzzed about film Picture Day, for which she received a 2013 ACTRA Award. Her role in Grown Up Movie Star, opposite Shawn Doyle, competed at Sundance 2010 and garnered her the special jury prize for Breakout Star at the festival, as well as a Genie nomination.

Her recent feature credits also include Cas & Dylan, Blood Pressure, Entitled, and Violet And Daisy which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) 2011. Some of Maslany’s television credits include THE TANDEM, WORLD WITHOUT END, her Gemini-nominated performance in NATIVITY and CERTAIN PREY, as well as Gemini award-winning performances on BLOODLETTING AND MIRACULOUS CURES, and CTV’s FLASHPOINT.

ORPHAN BLACK centres on English punk and streetwise hustler Sarah who returns home after being separated from her daughter. But her homecoming isn’t exactly what she expected. After witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her, Sarah takes over Beth’s life, including her job as a cop as well as her boyfriend Paul (Dylan Bruce, NCIS). Sarah soon discovers that she and Beth are clones, and as she becomes embroiled in the mystery, she learns that there are more of them out there – all genetically identical individuals nurtured in completely different circumstances. Working with her fellow ‘orphans,’ soccer mom Alison and PHD student Cosima, Sarah begins to unravel the mystery surrounding their identities, while also fighting for her life when an assassin begins killing the clones one by one.


The Tatiana Maslany Snub: Does It Matter?


Today, the long awaited Emmy nominations list was revealed to the general public.  Many had speculated that the stellar first season of Canadian production Orphan Black would generate some award recognition, especially for the star of the series, Tatiana Maslany.  Maslany expertly carried the series throughout its inaugural season with a range of performances made possible by the series’ unique concept.  It was a breath of fresh air for Canadian television, a well executed, strongly written, and brilliantly performed show that wasn’t afraid to take risks. When the show failed to receive any primetime nominations, many took to social media to vent their frustration.

All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.  Reading Emmy nominations year after year is a fairly painful task of unsurprising monotony.  Unique, boundary-pushing shows are rarely rewarded.  The academy seems to prefer to extend their accolades to the same helping of pleasant, familiar shows and actors year after year.  Take a look at the revolving door of Modern Family winners and nominees  in the Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy series, for example.  In 2011 the Emmys famously nominated each male actor from the series, leaving only Jon Cryer and Chris Colfer to duke it out with the sitcoms stars.  This year, they reduced that number down to three.  With so many unrecognized comedic performances, the spaces allotted to the entire cast of the ABC sitcom are indicative of the academy’s preferences.  They like something, they stick with it.  If your show doesn’t fit in with those parameters, tough luck.

With that in mind, Maslany’s snub is no surprise.  Science fiction shows have always seemed to be the bane of Emmy voters existence, and it is after all the show’s first season.  Perhaps next year they will wise up to the superb performance(s) Maslany is putting out week after week.  The real matter at hand is just how many people are talking about the show’s lack of recognition.  For the first time in quite a while, a Canadian production is receiving inordinate amounts of hype and praise.  That can only be good for our television industry.  Hopefully, it paves the way for more risky, high quality productions that rival the output of any other country.  Frankly, so long as we’re making television like Orphan Black, I don’t really care what the American academy voters think.

Do you think Maslany deserved a nomination?  Do you care? Below, you can find a selection of the nominees.

Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Comedy Series

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Dowton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, SNL
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

“Dead Freight” by George Mastras, Breaking Bad
“Say My Name” by Thomas Schnauz, Breaking Bad
“Episode 4″ by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey
“The Rains of Castamere” by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
“Q&A” by Henry Bromell, Homeland

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

“Episode 209″ by Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes
“Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)” by Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, Louie
“Finale” by Greg Daniels, The Office
“Hogcock!” by Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, 30 Rock
“Last Lunch” by Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock

Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake